August 21, 2009

Branching Out

For the longest time I have avoided truly reading about the lives of the Saints out of fear of what I was going to read and understand. Maybe I should have done so sooner, yet, the impact would not have been the same. I don't think I was ready to encounter reading the beauty of God's grace in their lives and see the mirror of mine in theirs. Possibly it's a greater understanding of how truly magnificent God works in our lives. I already know this without reading about it, but to learn about them one must also read about them too. I probably don't make sense about my own reasoning why I kept putting off reading about the Saints. One thing had to do with what I was experiencing, and yet it was mentioned to me that I could also find understanding in how they dealt with God's grace in their lives. I think I didn't want to place myself in their sphere, they were exalted and worthy and I am not. Flawed I am, worthy I may be, but it is a work in progress that continues to shape my life and faith. God hasn't given up on me and I won't either.

2 Words of Wisdom:

Gabrielle said...

I guess I've been reading the lives of the saints for close to fifteen years now, and even at that, I felt I had come to it late. But it has been of so much help to me, mc, I really urge you on now that the Lord is showing you how much it can help. I think it's true what you say about how one aspect of it is that they show us how they dealt with the graces they received. It's also so helpful when we see that "nothing's new", so to speak - even though the centuries or cultures may be different, we can benefit so much when we come across similar experiences in our lives and theirs.

Marie Cecile said...

I'm sure it would help too Gabrielle. Your right in what you wrote about in a sense, but for me it is new and cherished. I'm sure there are others in the world who go through similar yet deal with it differently and perhaps have looked to the Saints for guidance. I didn't mostly out of doing God's will and how He shaped my life and what was happening. An experience I will treasure forever no matter what others may think.

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