Today's Devotions

Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • A Lenten Prayer +

    Ash Wednesday - March 9, 2011 A Lenten Prayer The Lenten season begins. It is a time to be with you, Read More
  • First Sunday of Lent Devotional +

    First Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2011 A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within Read More
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nouwenGrowing Beyond Self-Rejection
 
One of the greatest dangers in the spiritual life is self-rejection. When we say, "If people really knew me, they wouldn't love me," we choose the road toward darkness. Often we are made to believe that self-deprecation is a virtue, called humility. But humility is in reality the opposite of self-deprecation. It is the grateful recognition that we are precious in God's eyes and that all we are is pure gift. To grow beyond self-rejection we must have the courage to listen to the voice calling us God's beloved sons and daughters, and the determination always to live our lives according to this truth.
   
For further reflection...
 
"When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears.  Then she wiped them with her hair and poured perfume on them."  - Luke 7:37-38
 

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness +

    Faithfulness: it requires sacrifice, Read More
  • Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness +

    Gentleness: The word Paul uses for “gentleness” in Galatians 5:22-23 is prautes, Read More
  • Fruit of the Spirit: Peace +

    Peace: According to Ephesians, Jesus is our peace, Read More
  • Fruit of the Spirit: Patience +

    Patience: like many of the other fruit of the spirit, requires listening– Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Enigma of King Saul +

    Why did God choose Saul as the first king of Israel? Read More
  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
  • Truth versus Deceit +

    As stated countless times throughout the Bible, God is pure–God is truth. Read More
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