Sweet Surrender

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“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart


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Thank you!


Psalm 25:8-9

Good and upright is God, therefore God shows sinners the way and guides the humble in righteousness.


Today’s scripture verses are beautiful and true.

First off, God is good.

God is Goodness.

As I often quote from the first letter of John, God is love (1 John 4:8).

Do you believe that?

Through my ministry, I’ve met many elderly people who are afraid of God.

They fear punishment.

What a huge disservice their religious leaders have done to them over the years!

As the first letter of John goes on to say, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love” (1 John 4:18-19).

So what would perfect love do?

Like any good parent, it would show us the way.

We have all experienced being, in religious terminology, sinners.

We have all wandered off the path of goodness and love.

Usually this is because our thoughts and mental commentaries have taken over.

Our egos have forged false constructs about who I am, usually as a way to protect this false image.

In my life, I had to see all my false images crash.

I had to see that there was not true and lasting happiness in holding up these false constructs of me.

The momentous time this happened was on the first Friday of March in 1997 when I literally admitted that I gave up in all my attempts at creating a happy life.

In the silence of that surrender, I heard a silent whisper to get my guitar, a guitar I hadn’t touched in ten years and had hardly played since I was a kid.

From that day, I have allowed Creativity to channel through my imperfect body and brain.

Today I look with gratitude upon the graced life that unfolded despite my ego’s many attempts to hijack the process.

My message to you is that renewal happens in each moment of unencumbered openness.

While pop culture might not look upon me as successful, I humbly thank God for each moment of this glorious earthly experience.

In religious terms: Amen and Alleluia!


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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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