Oh God, gentle first Truth, move in my heart.
Illuminate each dark corner
Where webs of self still hide.
Show me Whose I am that I might know who I am.
Then re-create me, dress me in Yourself
Whose virtue is love,
Whose knowledge is truth,
Whose beauty is creation.
As we journey together into a new year, a new beginning, hand in hand, heart to heart, all in Christ, I want to offer this meditation to you from the Source for your nourishment, hope, encouragement and love.
It speaks of God as Truth Who, when I answer the call to return home, will begin to bring me to an ever-deepening awareness of my chosenness and the gradual realization that I need no longer take my identity from the world, but rather from this Voice within who calls me His Beloved. I belong to Him; I am His.
In the process of glimpsing this truth, our eyes are opened, not in a temporal, worldly sense, but rather in an eternal sense. If God, then, is calling me home and loves me enough to reveal to me my false self—knowledge of my sin—then God will enable me to begin my work of detaching from that false self and attaching more and more to my true self, Christ in me. Truth recreates and liberates me. Remember what Jesus said in John 8:32, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” This is a promise, but as a covenant people, we must keep our part of the covenant. We must do our work. Our work is living consistently the dynamic of knowledge and love, knowledge (who I am) and Love (Whose I am).
I pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to your heart as you read these words. They come in obedience with the longing always that you might begin to taste the joy, the freedom, the peace of Jesus.
In the warmth of His recreative Love, I remain your faithful friend, ~Betty
With deep appreciation to Sally Chester for the beautiful photo of Betty