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7/1/19 Weekly Reflection

Jul 1, 2019

We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.

May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.


"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while" (Mark 6:31).

"Come to me, all of you who are weary and burned, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)

 

Vacation With God

I guess most if not all of us take vacation at least once a year, right? We rest and enjoy good relaxing time, No works, no cooking, no cleanup, no cutting grass, no project dead line, no pressure, no anxiety, no everything except you and your love ones with the sun, ocean, cruise, beach, mountain, casino, reunion, or sky resource, etc... Somehow we all look forward to that precious time of relaxing, calm, peace and harmony. But have you ever looked forward to taking a vacation with God, to talk or confide with Him, to walk or jog with Him, to smile and laugh with Him, or to even complain. I guess some if not many have. And I also have. I took one week of Silent Retreat in early July (2018). You might call it a Retreat but I call it a Vacation with God.

One week of no noise, no talking, no TV, no Internet, no cell phone, no music, no worry, no everything and anything. One week with just peace, quietness, our Lord God and me. And yes, I did walk and jog with Him, talk and confide with Him, pray and thank Him for all the graces and blessings I have received, praise and glorify Him. It is also the time to look deep into my heart, my soul, and my spirit vision; and judge myself on the things that I've done and failed to do, words that I've said and failed to say. And to focus on Him and on His love and accept Christ as my Lord and ask him take away my blindness, sinfulness and iniquities, broadens my awareness and compassion, enlarges my sense of family and community and opens my eyes, my heart for others in serving, in His love and will.

I also confessed to Him my sins, and He always smiles and forgives me. I know for certain that He will never forsake me (or any of his dispersed children). Here is my reflection on this "Vacation with God"

 

My New Me

 

Your blood that has been shed, washed away my old life,

New heart, new spirit and new vision, reborn was I,

My blindness and sinfulness were taken away,

In me, your light and wisdom shine.

 

My new me embraces your salvation,

I live by your statutes and commandments,

And praise You before all living being on earth,

I am, O Lord, I am a lowly servant.

 

You are my God, a spirit true in righteousness,

I shall always be your follower, a humble child,

In me, a spirit cross guides my direction,

Your sheep, O Lord, your sheep am I.

(JoeNguyen)

 

"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while" (Mark 6:31).

"Come to me, all of you who are weary and burned, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)

 

God invites us to take a Vacation with God, so will you?

I already plan my wife and I, we will take this invitation to be on Vacation with God.

 

-Deacon Joe Hung Nguyen

 

Comments

  • Joe NguyenPosted on 7/02/19

    Thank you Greg.
    I hope you will take a vacation with God too.
    (As a matter of fact, I hope all of us take vacation with God sometimes to recharge our Spirit and body.

  • greg liptakPosted on 7/02/19

    Inspiring reflection Deacon Joe. A vacation with God can provide enrichment of the mind, spirit, soul, and body. May your upcoming vacation provide such to your wife and you. The Peace & Love of Christ to all!

 

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