As always in the morning quiet here in my little room in the nursing home, my heart and thoughts are filled with a special warmth; a closeness and sweetness that transcends the distance and separation from you and those I love. This love flows into my heart from His Presence and brings you near as I lift and hold you and offer you to God. God’s order, God’s rhythm, Christ’s presence with me here, has been so affirming, so refreshing, so nourishing to me, and hopefully, through me as His servant, to all of His people who have come and gone throughout my many years. Those friendships are a beautiful treasure to me. They found their life in Him Who is eternal. To be nourished by Him through another is life’s greatest gift. Its quality is beyond description; for only those who possess it can understand it.
The whole discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this deep intimacy with Jesus and, through Him, become ever more free, and real, and loving in all of our relationships. As we begin to discern the Spirit of God calling us to drop the walls that have separated us from Him and the hearts of others, to become vulnerable and intimate with another, we can know that it is our dear Lord leading us to a higher place. From there, we ask God to unravel the mystery of the other’s heart, so we might learn to love them more perfectly; and as He does, He begins to unravel the mystery of our own heart as well. In our quest for this great love, we, as His servants, must be ever more disciplined, ever more discerning, ever more obedient, ever more loving to Him who is Life in full abundance.
I want you to know, dear friends, in this special moment in time, that this love will fill every abyss of your heart’s longings. All of your pain, all of your struggles, all of your surrenders, all of your prayers, become priceless as you offer them back to God, and through Him, to another.
In obedience then, and in His all-compelling love, a simple message—yet ever so profound—from His heart, through my heart, to your heart. ~Betty
You can listen to Betty reading her lovely Centering Prayer on our site.
With gratitude to Sally Chester for the beautiful image of Betty