Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This Sacred Cocoon of Comfort


There is an unfathomable mystery that begs to be explored.  And experienced to the full.

For right in the midst of life's morass of messy unsettledness, there is an exquisitely beautiful peace that can hold court, even though all our random, crazed emotions do their best to collide into it, destroy it, whisk it away. 

We must look those unpleasant emotions straight in the eye, name them one by one, and acknowledge their unwanted presence.  But this must be a brief gaze, for we do well not to linger too long at the chaos that beckons and threatens to undo us.  For we are invited to make the rather difficult choice to raise our hands high and release, release, release the potentially destructive force of those feelings that tend to run rampant, wrecking havoc along the way.

And then we need to switch gears.  Big time.  And begin to fully focus the eyes of our hearts on the Author of peace.  The kind of divine peace that centers us, that grounds us, that gives us spiritual legs that stand strong against life's seemingly endless assaults.

And since the almighty God, majestic Creator of heaven and earth, is the Author of our peace, we can be sure that this gift He lavishes on us is substantial, lasting, and free-flowing, just like His endless love.  We can trust that His peace will surround us, hold us close, and protect these weary souls that have been so prone to battering by all manner of emotional onslaught.

This sacred cocoon of comfort, this holy cushion of grace, this safest of harbors.  With undying gratitude we claim this lavish gift and settle in to savor the deepest rest.  Right smack dab in the middle of the storm that rages close.

'Peace, be still.'




 
 
* vintage 1950s photograph
 
* sharing this holy cushion of grace with Holley  .  Laura  .  Kelli

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful post, Linda! Peace to you today!

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    1. I love that you've joined me bright and early today, my friend! I hope these hours ahead will bring you great joy and much satisfaction.

      ;-}

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  2. The "unfathomable mystery" of an "exquisitely beautiful peace." Right here, right now. In the midst of it all.

    So well put, Linda. I cherish your insights, as always.

    Peace..."not as the world gives,"
    HBHW

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    1. As we enter this evening's hours, may you hear His gentle whisper of love ... for you are His beloved daughter, sweet lady ...

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  3. "This sacred cocoon of comfort, this holy cushion of grace, this safest of harbors." Oh, yes, indeed. And like any cocoon, grace transforms us in the most beautiful of ways. Enjoyed your post.

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    1. Transformed! Yes, Beth. I love that you've taken this to the next level. For isn't that His desire for us?

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  4. You pulled me in and I didn't want it to end. Convicting and comforting at the same time. Well done, Ms Linda!

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  5. It truly is a process to face our unpleasant emotions and release them. But it's comforting to know that we have a safe place to go back to and rest. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. You're such an inspiration to me.

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    1. I'm so grateful that you are finding a bit of encouragement here tonight, Yuko. Sleep deep ...

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  6. Ah, Linda, these are words I have needed today. This week. Truly, I have danced lately between stuffing the unpleasant emotions and staring at them just a bit too long, until I'm swallowed. It is hard to tear our eyes away. But so grateful for the Author of peace, the one who wraps us in "this sacred cocoon of comfort, this holy cushion of grace, this safest of harbors." Thank you for your grace-breathed words. I'm visiting from Unforced Rhythms, and as always, leaving refreshed.

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    1. That you have found refreshment here, Amber, gives me cause for praise. May the Spirit continue to walk with you as you sort through those unpleasant emotions ... and bathe you with overflowing springs of hope in the process.

      Peace, peace.

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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