For about the first 20 years of my ministry, Monday was quite often a day I felt like giving up! It could have been a very blessed Sunday the day before but guess what I remembered? The one scowling face or negative comment! That is what I woke up thinking about on Monday Morning! Eventually I got over that sort of thing but it can still threaten like a storm cloud. Maybe Mondays are hard for you for one reason or another…
When that sort of storm cloud of a bad day is hovering, I have found it is good to return now and then on a regular basis to what brings me life and health. This is the guy I listen to more often than to anyone else in order to reconnect with what in particular brings me life! I needed to remember this sort of thing these last couple of days. It is just a short clip and will take no longer to watch than a blog takes to read.
I hope it encourages you to perhaps get hold of some of his books and read them.
I have had to get rid of so many books because of the danger of mould spores affecting my lungs. What I keep needs to be new or newish. I don’t know what it means or says about me but many of the books in my new bookshelves will be by Henri Nouwen, Jean Vanier and this guy Brennan Manning. They have together taught more more about the grace of God and how to find God in vulnerability than anyone else. I thank God for them. They are all Roman Catholics, but sometimes I find that Roman Catholic writers are good at allowing mystery which leads to the awe of God whereas Protestant writers have everything to do with God neatly formulated and I generally come away knowing I have understood something more impressively. Awe is more life-giving. I like anyone that seems to have humbled themselves before the greatness of God but who are completely at home in His eternal love. I like it when I meet such people face to face or encounter them in their books or some form of media.
Awe and Assurance are not a bad comination. May they bless your path this day and every day.