I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire. Matthew 3:11
After much contemplation, prayer and meditation, I’ve decided to take a new approach to my devotional posts. In the past, I always made sure to post one devotion everyday, precisely at noon (EST). The rigidity of this scheduling began to cause me more than a little anxiety. How can one be close to their spirituality in such a state? Are not a state of anxiety and a state of grace diametrically opposed? With that in mind, I’ve decided to post devotional material only when the spirit moves me. (Pun intended.)
Also future images included with my devotional posts no longer need to be religious in nature. I think that was apparent in my last Devotion which quoted the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke. This was when Jesus drove demons out of the men and into the pigs. The pigs subsequently drowned themselves. Instead of an explicitly religious image, I included a photograph of a friend’s garden sculpture- a cute cast iron pig whose paint had fairly chipped off.
With all this in mind, I now present a devotion for September 7, 2019:But Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: For such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 19:14.
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. Matthew 8:28-34
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 29-30
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices. –Prayer of Saint Teresa of Avila