Tuesday night comes and here I am without something written for a book study that I promised myself I”d be diligent with. Two weeks in a row I have run out of time, energy, and most importantly focus to put the proverbial pen to paper. But where I let myself miss out on last week”s discussion, I”m here determined not to let it happen two weeks in a row. Even if it comes down to only writing a couple of sentences.

Before I get started on this weeks chapter, I”d like to touch a couple of moments on last weeks. When I first read through this book, it made me cry on a couple of occasions; the stories contained in “Our Father” were among them. 

How could you not be moved by the story about the how a nun that felt so much shame and bitterness found freedom reciting a simple prayer.

“Abba, I belong to you.”

But to have that followed up by the story of the leprous woman who was transformed when she heard Jesus speak to her that her Abba was taking her to be in His love. I was changed by this chapter.

Now on to union, in this chapter, Manning uses great quotes by great authors to describe the great mystery of becoming one with Christ.   One of my favorite parts of the who book, comes near the end of this chapter.

“Once again, love by its nature seeks union. With the grace of recognition comes the awesome and alarming awareness of Jesus, the incarnation of the furious longing of God, wants more than a close relationship with you and me; He seeks nothing less than union.”

He knows each one of us inside and out; and with His desire for union, He desires for us to know the same of Him. That”s a humbling call, and I”m still chewing on what it means. Earlier in the chapter says this of union.

“It is a word pregnant with a reality that surpasses understanding, the only reality worth yearning for with love and patience, the only reality before which we should stay very quiet.”

Reading these words again tonight; I am challenged once again to seek this unity. I have a stronger desire to be one with the Father just as Jesus was.

8 Responses to “Union”

  1. Echoing your desire to be One with Him – made possible in His love.
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  2. Absolutely. It all defies logic and transcends human experiences. We can’t figure it out. We can only receive the gift of love and walk in it by grace and faith. Humbled–that’s a good word for how I feel. Thank you, Philip.
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  3. Frank says:

    Fittingly, God does not love you less or more whether or not you get a blog posted on time! There is comfort resting in that unconditional love. I pray for God to take away my insecurities because I know they mean nothing to him.
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    • philip says:

      Ha! Thanks Frank, I am certainly thankful that His love is unconditional even when I fail to post something. Yes I can get onboard with your prayer about the Him removing insecurties.

  4. HisFireFly says:

    your desire aligns with His
    and He will indeed grant you the desire of a heart running hard after Him
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