Wholly Sacred

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“To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.” – Meister Eckhart


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John 15:9

Jesus said to his followers, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.”


The love God has for Jesus is beyond any love we can imagine in our earthly bodies.

It’s transcendent.

It’s infinite.

Many Near Death Experiencers speak of getting a taste of this love as they stood in the light of total Love beyond words.

I’ve spoken before about my brief mystical experience following surgery for a ruptured appendix in 1998.

When I was at my lowest point, lying in my hospital bed in the middle of the night, I suddenly experienced a wave of total love.

There are no words to explain it.

It was a moment (or many moments?) of bliss and total peace.

It was as if I was one with everything.

All was truly well.

Is this the love that Jesus speaks of in today’s scripture verses, a love so vast, so deep, so all encompassing, that all pain and suffering cease?

This is the love that God has for us as well, this God in whom we live and move and have our being as St. Paul stated in Acts 17:28.

This love is always available whenever we are present to it.

But we have the choice of whether we will consciously connect with this Love, or whether we will instead be a slave to our non-stop thoughts and ego-generated pursuits.

Love is calling us.

All that’s required is saying yes.

But that also means saying no to our egos’ self-centered ways.

It takes practice.

It takes discerning between our minds’ desires and our hearts’ desires.

Jesus tells us the key: “Remain in my love.”

Practice being present.

Observe without judgement.

Breathe in deeply.

You are literally basking in the love of God.

Alleluia and amen.


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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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