"I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3b)Saw this quote Sunday night, and it stopped me in my mental tracts. It was in fine print, in italics on the back of a little business card stuck in a book given and written by a priest friend of mine.
I've been dwelling on it ever since, and at the same time noticed that I've been especially happy the past few days. Living in Chicago we have had snow and cold and I find myself delighting in the snow, and even finding the cold, clear days beautiful. When I go to work in the morning it is now right around sunrise and I find that I do love sunrises. When I leave after work I am grateful that it is still light at 5 PM when not just a few weeks ago it was dark. Even when I am walking through the slush in the non-snowremoved streets and sidewalks I am thankful for my new waterproof boots with Vibram soles and new wool socks.
I know it is not a permanent state, this happiness, easily thrilled state of being where moments and the beauty of nature and the gifts of my family, children and friends are cherished. I had been reading Discernment of Spirits and learned more about the states of consolation and desolation and the working of the good and evil spirits on one's thoughts and feelings during each. But for now all I can do is enjoy being happy, and offer my love, thanks and praise to God for where he has me right now.
That brings me to a great mini-meditation that can be done at any time of the day. I got it from a "Daily Disconnect" from Carmelites.net It goes like this:
- Visualize yourself in God's presence . . . in other words recollect yourself . . . become tuned in to God's presence in and around you, and his love for you.
- Using these words of praise, pray slowly
My God, I love you with all my heart, I praise and thank you . . .
- Repeat several times
- Just be with God