To See God

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known. – (John 1:18, NIV)

No one has ever seen God. God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made God known. – (John 1:18, CEB)

No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendor except the uniquely beloved Son, who is cherished by the Father and held close to His heart. Now He has unfolded to us the full explanation of who God truly is! – (John 1:18, TPT)

 

Without Jesus, it is impossible to truly understand God. Jesus came to us in a way that human eyes could see, ears could hear and our hearts could understand. He walked among us so that we could come to know the loving heart of the Father. Each time that Jesus touched the untouchable, healed the hurting and loved the difficult to love, He demonstrated who God is, and showed us God’s heart for His created. When He ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father, He sent His Spirit to dwell within the hearts of everyone who chooses to receive and believe. Today, we gain glimpses of God through the hearts of people who demonstrate His love as He loved. When we are hurting and receive an encouraging word that holds our heart and lifts our spirit, it is glance at the goodness of God being made tangible. May we ever keep our eyes open and our hearts tender, to hear and share His heart with those around us.

 

The greatness of God, The Hope of the World

Far too much to grasp;

As we seek His Son,

He reveals as asked.

Though no eye has seen,

Yet, Jesus’ made known;

The fullness of God,

By grace, we’ve been shown.

And still we can see,

Glimpses of the Lord;

As we look to Him,

His love is outpoured.

Let us choose to seek,

So we come to know;

The greatness of God,

Wherever we go.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though we have not seen You, we can know You through the life of Your Son. Thank You that You sent Your Spirit to dwell within us, so that we can see glimpses of You in others, and show Your heart to those around us as we love. Forgive us for not opening our eyes and hearts to the evidence of You that is all around us. Teach us to have eyes to see and hearts to understand, so that we will grow in our understanding of who You are and how You love. Show us how to love those around us with the same goodness and grace that You give to us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we open our eyes and hearts to see and take in Your splendor that is all around us. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6

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Let Jesus Be Known

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMay church and the home,

be places to learn;

where the truth of God,

we’re taught to discern.

As we are equipped,

we also should teach;

proclaim His promise,

to all whom we reach.

Let Jesus be known,

wherever we go;

show us what’s needed,

so we all may grow.

Grow in His wisdom,

learn how to give grace;

to be hands and heart,

to the human race.

No one discounted,

all people need much;

may His light and love,

be shown through our touch.

A handshake, a hug,

encouraging word;

may Christ’s loving heart,

be the voice that’s heard.

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” – (Acts 5:42)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and grace. Thank You that You love us just as we are, yet love us too much to allow us to stay steeped in sin, self-doubt and in lack. Thank You that as we come to You, and seek You with our whole heart, there You are, ready to love us to an abundant life in You. Thank You that this is a lifelong process, and that none of us “arrive” until we meet You face-to-face. Forgive us for expecting ourselves or others to have attained perfection at any point, and help us to give grace as You have given it to us. May we love others in such a way, that they might see You in all that we say and do. May many come to know You as their Savior and Friend. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Compassion Calls for Action

“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes.  Immediately, they received their sight and followed Him.” – Matthew 20:34

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Two blind men, seated by the side of the road, heard that Jesus was going by, so they shouted out for Him to be merciful.  Jesus, despite the crowd’s determination to deter Him from the duo that was crying out, stopped in the middle of His movement, and came close.  He asked them what they wanted, and their response was likely bold and full of belief, as they said, “we want our sight.”  They knew their own need for mercy, and Jesus came close with compassion and touched those thought to be untouchable.  The instant His hands extended and touched, both blind men immediately received their sight and set out to follow Him who had healed.

The compassion of Christ as He came close, the belief of the blind that led to blessing, and the present power to heal held in His hands, made a mere moment move lives and hearts so that they would find and follow He who forgives and holds our forever in His hands.

Compassion goes beyond care and concern.  Compassion calls the compassionate to action.  It requires that we come close and act on the observed need and actually do something to help change the circumstances.

In this blessed season of celebration, there are many with great needs – both known and unknown.  What can I do to come close and show Christ to those in crisis?

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son so that we might see the loving heart of You, Lord; full of compassion and fueled by love.  Forgive us Father for knowing needs and doing nothing.  Teach us to trust You for strength and supply, so that we might draw near to need and give – of ourselves, our resources, our time, our heart – just as You have given unto us.  Lead us Lord to truly love like You, so that we might be compassionate in a way that conveys Christ to those in crisis.  Use us Lord to touch lives and transform communities, as we love others as You have first loved us.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Please enjoy this song, Little Things, by JJ Heller, that so profoundly demonstrates how much the little things can make a difference.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKnXx7thMtQ&feature=player_detailpage