"So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sorrows, Sweet or Bitter

        I have started reading Julian of Norwich ~ Showings.  Julian was an anchoress living in England in the late 14th century.  She received 16 revelations of God's love in a series of experienced visions.  I posted "Sweet Sorrows" yesterday.  Let me share something I just read from one of Julian's revelations.  She said: "When Christ was in pain we were in pain, and all creatures able to suffer pain suffered with him.  And for those who do not know him, their pain was that all creation, sun and moon, ceased to serve men, and so they were all abandoned in sorrow at that time.  So those who loved him suffered pain for their love, and those who did not love him suffered pain because the comfort of all creation failed them." 
        All this really made sense to me because we who love Christ share the same sorrows with him and get consoled by him, whereas those who do not know or love the Lord feel sorrow when things don't turn out to serve them ~ it's a big difference.  Sorrow is sweet or bitter, depending upon whether you love Christ or not.     

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