Sunday, February 23, 2020

CAN WE BREAK GOD'S HEART?

“Can We Break God’s Heart”

Can we
A mere mortal
Break God’s heart

I believe we can
And I believe it
Because of God’s unwavering love
For us

Only someone who you love
Can in fact
Break your heart
And we are all
Children of God
And God loves us
With an infinite love

The word of God
Is in fact spirit
And he wants us
To live
According to the fruits
Of that spirit
And these fruits
Are love, joy, peace, patience
Kindness, goodness, faithfulness
Gentleness and self-control

He wants us
To live these qualities
And not lives of
Coldness, indifference, ingratitude, and rejection
Of Him and those around us

But we are children of God
And like any loving parent
God forgives us
Over and over and over again

So what can we do
To earn God’s love and forgiveness
Nothing

All we can do
Is to strive to become better each and every day
And know God still loves us

WITH AN INFINITE LOVE
Robert P. Wallman
5/25/10

ps        misc. WTNESS        1-6-14

Saturday, February 22, 2020

GOD SEES WHAT WE CAN'T














GOD SEES=WHAT WE CAN'T


Of ALL the things
That Jesus tries to
TEACH us


I think maybe the
MOST DIFFICULT is
To “LOVE YOUR ENEMIES”


I mean to TRY
And not only forgive
But actually LOVE someone


That tries to HURT US=
Sabotage us=
Or even destroy us


“You have heard
That it was said=
'You shall LOVE


Your neighbor-
And hate your enemy'


But I say to you
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
And pray for those
Who persecute you” Matthew 5:43-44


I can FORGIVE them=
My enemies=and actually
Have a GOOD THOUGHT
About them


But LOVING them
Is a very TALL ORDER


I try to think
About where
Jesus is actually
COMING FROM


The only thing
I can think of
Is that


GOD SEES
WHAT WE CAN'T
That God sees some
GOODNESS in them
That I cannot
Maybe that WE cannot see


Look to God=
LOOK deep within your heart


For the capacity
To forgive
For the CAPACITY TO LOVE
LOOK TO GOD!


“Those who LOOK to him
Are radiant


Their faces
Are never covered
With shame” Psalm 34:5


“Let your eyes
LOOK straight ahead=
Fix your gaze
Directly before you” Proverbs 4:25


“For everyone LOOKS out
For their own interests=
NOT those
Of Jesus Christ” Philippians 2:21


Dear Lord=we PRAY
To you today
For strength


That we CAN
Not only forgive our enemies
BUT LOVE THEM


Help us to pray
FOR OUR ENEMIES=
Who don't-
Have good intentions
Toward us
And not only forgive=
But also LOVE THEM


“You prepare
A table before us
In the presence
Of our ENEMIES


You anoint my head
With oil
My cup overflows” Psalm 23:5


Dear Lord=Help us to
SEE WHAT YOU CAN SEE=


THE GOODNESS in our enemies-
And not only forgive=
BUT LOVE THEM


In Jesus' name=and the name=0f our EVER FORGIVING FATHER


Robert P. Wallman
2-22-20




Ps INSPIRED by an article in LIVING FAITH MAGAZINE by Patricia Livingston



FAITH

“FAITH”

The great playwright George Bernard Shaw
Wrote a play called
Pygmalion or My Fair Lady

It was about a teacher
Transforming a woman
From a street woman
To a socialite woman
Within 6 months

Why do people
Love this story
What is the fascination

It is
Because we dream
That the impossible
Will happen for us too

But for us
The dream has
Already come true
We are
Children of God

We have
The promise
Of eternal life
If we build
A personal relationship with our God

And we want
To know God

But we will never know God
By listening to what someone else has said
Or by reading what
Someone else has wrote

We will
Only know God by faith
And by finding God
In the deep darkness
Of our own soul

And lastly
We all want to be loved
And by faith
We know that God
Is madly in love with us
And by faith
We know that his love
For us
Is eternal and unchanging

So like Eliza Doolittle
We have been changed

Changed to find a serenity and peace
In God’s love
So we can finally say
Thank you God
Thank you for loving me/us

Robert P. Wallman
8/6/10
*Inspired by the teaching of Father Leo Clifford


Friday, February 21, 2020

LIVING PROOF














LIVING PROOF


It is SAD
When someone dies=
They are no longer ALIVE
And with us
In their PRESENCE


And their absence
IS PAINFUL


Without the BREATH of God=
They are no longer-
The person we ONCE KNEW


“For just as a body
Without a SPIRIT
Is dead


So also FAITH
Without works is dead” James 2:26


In the same way
Our faith in Jesus
Must be BROUGHT


To LIFE
By the SPIRIT OF GOD


We are LIVING PROOF=
We are CHRIST'S DISCIPLES
In this world=
His MODERN DAY DISCIPLES


Without that living proof
That Jesus has made
A DIFFERENCE in our lives=
Our faith is DEAD


We are a SOURCE of LIFE=
Of God's love
In this world


We are the LIVING PROOF
That Christ lived=died=
And RESURRECTED for us


We are Christ's hands=feet=
Legs and mouth
In this world


We are LIVING PROOF!


“I am the God
Of Abraham-
The God of Isaac-
And the God
Of Jacob=


He is
NOT the God of the dead
BUT OF THE LIVING” Matthew 22:32


“Whoever believes in me
As Scripture has said


Rivers of LIVING WATER
Will flow
From within them” John 7:38


“I am the LIVING ONE=
I was dead
And now look


I am alive
Forever and ever


And I hold the keys
Of death and Hades” Revelation 1:18


Dear Lord=we are your
LIVING PROOF
Of you =in this world


Dear Spirit of God
We ask
That you breathe
TROUBLE away from us


And make our FAITH
COME ALIVE=in this world


Make us living proof
IN FAITH in you


“The Lord reigns FOREVER
He has established
His throne for judgment” Psalm 9:7


Dear Lord=we are the
SPIRIT OF GOD=help us to be
Your LIVING PROOF
In today's world


In Jesus' name=and in the name of our ever FAITHFUL FATHER


Robert P. Wallman
2-21-20




Ps INSPIRED by an article in LIVING FAITH MAGAZINE by Steve Givens



Thursday, February 20, 2020

HELP OTHERS TOO!














HELP OTHERS TOO!


LOVE should be inclusive=
But we don't always
LIVE our lives that way


WHEN we are young and IN SCHOOL=
We create clubs=where
Certain people are excluded=
ADULTS do this too


“But if you
SHOW partiality=you commit SIN........” James 2:9


I always TRY to
Live inclusively=LOVE INCLUSIVELY


Because my MOM
Always taught me=
Love draws a CIRCLE
And PULLS people in


And hate draws a circle
And PUSHES people out


Live inclusively
HELP OTHERS BELONG TOO!


“........for the kings
Of the earth
BELONG to God=
He is greatly exalted” Psalm 47:9


“As it is
You do NOT BELONG
To the world


But I
Have chosen you
Out of the world


That is WHY
The world hates you” John 15:19


“Those who BELONG
To Christ Jesus-
Have crucified the flesh
With its passion
And desires” Galatians 5:24


We try to AVOID
Certain people=we try
To “KEEP UP with the Joneses”


This is because
We all WANT to BELONG
To the in crowd


But the CALL
Of Jesus=for us
Is to REACH OUT to others
To HELP them BELONG TOO


HELP OTHERS TOO!


Jesus drew people IN=
He reached out=
Because HIS LOVE
Was INCLUSIVE of everyone


He reached out
To ALL OTHERS=
We should do this too


HELP THEM BELONG TOO!


This means reaching out
To the BORE
In the room


Or reaching out
To the person
SITTING ALONE at the party


HELP OTHERS TOO!


“In my distress
I called to the Lord
I cried to my God
FOR HELP” Psalm 18:6


VALUE the company
And the PRESENCE of others=
Regardless of their position
In SOCIETY


TREAT every person
As one CREATED
And LOVED by God


HELP others belong too=
LOVE INCLUSIVELY!


In the name of Jesus=and our Father=who LOVES US ALL


Robert P. Wallman
2-20-20




Ps INSPIRED by an article in LIVING FAITH MAGAZINE by Karla Manternach






WE ALL WANT TO BELONG!



Wednesday, February 19, 2020

FILL YOUR WORDS WITH KINDNESS AND LOVE














FILL YOUR WORDS=WITH KINDNESS AND LOVE


So many people are
SO FAST=to tear us down
In today's world


Just think
HOW they feel


And think about how they
Feel=IF you have a KIND WORD
And LOVE for them


You can MAKE
The difference
In their day


“Know this
My dear brothers
And sisters


EVERYONE should be
Quick to hear-
Slow to speak
SLOW to anger.......” James 1:19


Have you ever heard
The SAYING=
That if you get angry


Take a deep breath
And COUNT TO TEN


I have some words
That I have spoken
In my life
That I am SORRY FOR


Once you speak words
OF ANGER=
You cannot
Take them back


But if YOU FILL
Your words with
KINDNESS and LOVE


You never
Have to worry about that


“You make known
To me
The path of life


You will FILL ME
With joy
In your presence


With eternal pleasures
At your right hand” Psalm 16:11


“Do not
Get drunk on wine


Which leads to debauchery-
Instead BE FILLED
With the SPIRIT” Ephesians 5:18


Yes let others
FEEL your warmth
Feel your KINDNESS
Feel your LOVE


Saint James is known
For his teaching
ABOUT THE TONGUE


He said=it is
A small member
But it AFFECTS us mightily


MOST arguments
Start with WORDS=
Let others think of
You with LOVE


Let love be
Your LASTING MEMORY=
Fill your words
With KINDNESS and LOVE


“How sweet
Are your WORDS
To my taste


Sweeter than honey
To my mouth” Psalm 119:103


“Heaven and earth
Will pass away
But my WORDS
Will NEVER pass away” Matthew 24:35


FILL YOUR WORDS
With kindness=and your
LASTING MEMORY
Will be
ONE OF LOVE


In the names of Jesus=and our FOREVER LOVING and kind FATHER!


Robert P. Wallman
2-19-20




Ps INSPIRED by an article in LIVING FAITH MAGAZINE by Father James McKarns



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

IT IS ABOUT THE BROKEN














IT IS ABOUT THE BROKEN


Jesus fed 5,000=
With five loaves of bread=
And 4,000 with seven loaves
Of bread


But the disciples STILL seemed
To be WORRYING
About the amount of bread


But Jesus REMINDS them today=
It is NOT about the bread
It is about the BROKEN


It is about NOTICING what
Has been discarded=left over=
And deemed LESS THAN RELEVANT


“Do you NOT REMEMBER.......how many
Wicker baskets
FULL of fragments
You picked up?” Mark 8:18-19


Yes=Jesus reminds the disciples
Of TWO OCCASIONS


How he commanded then
To GATHER up
The crumbs


There were once
Twelve baskets full
And once seven


IT IS ABOUT
THE BROKEN


Yes=it is about=
THE BROKEN=those people
In this world
That the world discards


They are relevant=
They are IMPORTANT to God=
ALL people are important to God


“Woe to you-
Teachers of the law
And Pharisees=you HYPOCRITES!


You give a tenth
Of your spices=mint-
Dill-and cumin


But you have NEGLECTED
The MORE IMPORTANT matters
Of the law=
Justice-mercy-and faithfulness” Matthew 23:23


“But what does it matter?
The IMPORTANT THING
Is that
In every way


Whether from false motives
Or true
CHRIST is preached


And because of this=
I REJOICE” Philippians 1:18


Yes=all people are
LOVED by God=
All people
Are IMPORTANT to God


What a world this
Would be=if every member
Of this world
Were VALUED by society


“When he found one
Of GREAT VALUE
He went away


And sold everything
He had
And bought it” Matthew 17:46


Every person is a TREASURE
And we should be
TREATED as such


Jesus tells us=HIS
MODERN DAY DISCIPLES
To pay attention
To what


This world counts as WORTHLESS=
Those who seem
To count for NOTHING


We are all=OF GREAT IMPORTANCE
To God=especially
The BROKEN PEOPLE
Of this world


In the names of Jesus=and our FATHER who VALUES US ALL


Robert P. Wallman
2-18-20




Ps INSPIRED by an article in LIVING FAITH MAGAZINE by Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, I.H.M.