I am reading a classic called Revelations of Divine Love by a 14th century woman named Julian of Norwich this Lenten season. In the first chapter she tells of asking God to give her three wounds-the wound of "very contrition," the wound of "kind compassion" and the wound of "steadfast longing toward God."
As I prepare to ponder the manifold wounds Christ endured through his Passion, I am asking how he might want to wound my own heart, that I might more fully know the fellowship of his sufferings. As time allows, I will share. Here is a quote from my reading this morning:
I saw that He is to us everything that is good and comfortable for us: He is our clothing that for love wrappeth us, claspeth us, and all encloseth us for tender love, that He may never leave us; being to us all-thing that is good, as to mine understanding.Two notes for your own pilgrimage:
- I am sorry to say that I have not received permission from my publisher to distribute the devotionals from Contemplating the Cross online this year. I am still working on this, and hopefully will be able to do so soon. Meanwhile, the book is available in hard-copy as well as for Kindle through Amazon. You can find it by clicking here.
- For a powerful way to set your heart towards Christ on this first day of Lent, click here and enjoy about 10 minutes of blessed adoration.