Transformation Garden - Mar. 11, 2010


"Come!' say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, ‘Come!' Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink. Drink freely of the Water of Life!" 
Revelation 22:17, The Message 


"One of the most fundamental marks of true repentance is a disposition to see our sins as God sees them."
Charles Simeon

What does the word "repentance" mean to me personally? 


"Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves." 
St. Augustine

As we have studied the problem of sin, we have also seen that while this toxin has left a blight, not only on our planet, but also in our lives, God in His expansive mercy, forgiveness, and grace has made a way to bring His children back into a perfect union with Him. 

As you reflect today on God's embracing kindness in your own life, I want to share with you this prayer written by author Macrina Wiedekehr in her book, Seasons of Your Heart

A Prayer for Coming Home 

"O True and Ever-Living God 
I repent for all my false and empty gods 
I look again into the closets of my life 
     my mind, my heart 
     to see what rules me. 
Whom do I serve? 
What are the possessions 
     the people, the opinions 
     the events, 
     that control my life? 
O Welcoming One 
I see you standing at the door 
     of my heart 
     waiting for me 
You gaze at my strange gods 
     with an eye of compassion. 
I am ashamed to invite you 
     into my cluttered house 
     yet my heart aches 
     to be at home with you 

My hand is reaching for the door
I hear myself saying, Come on in 
I have more room than I thought I had 
Come on in, and be the only God in my life. 
May this moment of homecoming last forever." 
Macrina Wiedekehr

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with (her) and (she) with me." 
Revelation 3:20, New International Version 


"Come Close to the Door

"The wind is a tempest in the peach trees. 
The sun warms the skin on my face. 
But coldness creeps close to my heart 
When I think I have to live so far from you. 
The birds chirp: ‘Come close to the Door.' 
Open it! God's there waiting to resurrect you! 
I am speechless. 
This is love beyond reason." 
The Reverend Elyn MacInnis 
Women's Uncommon Prayers

Your friend, 
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author 
When A Woman Meets Jesus

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