Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Can you drink the cup?
I am sure many of us have asked ourselves often “Can I drink this cup” as life presents us with many challenges.
We are vacationing in sunny Tenerife with our son and his family. While away from home we lost a dear friend. It was very hard trying to make sense out of this loss. Knowing that he is with the Lord certainly helped. My youngest sister is also in a dire situation. There are times where I don’t know if I should ask the Lord to help her to let go of life to be with her Lord or to heal her. Only our Lord knows. He knows when we empty our cup. We just put our trust in the Lord and ask Him to please hold our hand and never let go.
Did you ever feel this unbelievable overwhelming love and just knew Jesus was holding you?
He carried the cross to die for all of us. He loves us so much. By staying connected to Jesus we are also able to carry our cross and grow in His love. What a wonderful love this is. Every time we receive Holy Communion we receive His Body and Blood and renew our commitment to our one and only God, the One we allow to lead us through life. Thank You Lord for all Your Love.
The following is a quotation by Ron Hansen in the foreword to Henry Nouwen’s book Can You Drink the Cup?:
“Holding the cup of life is, for Nouwen, a way of looking critically at who we really are, accepting our various skills, inadequacies, and differences from others, rejoicing in our radical singularity. Lifting the cup ‘is an invitation to affirm and celebrate life together’.”
Starting the first Sunday in Tenerife we enjoyed celebrating mass with people from different countries where the word was spoken by a Spanish Priest translating the word into the German language. It felt wonderful to know we are all connected through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We also found English speaking services.
Let us also lift the cup to one another and celebrate our differences.
Have a Christ affirming Lenten experience where we also carry our cross with His love.
Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde