Encounters at Bethlehem

Awareness, like grace itself, is always freely being offered

Awareness, like grace itself, is always freely being offered -- but it is a living and sensitive thing. It does not take kindly to being ignored or abused. If one does not pay attention to the presence of the holy in the very midst of daily life, it simply withdraws (or, more accurately, we discover that we have withdrawn ourselves from it!); and it may be a long and weary time before we find again that particular facet of Truth which would have been such a great help to the very next stage of our journeys.

~ from ENCOUNTERS AT BETHLEHEM by Jean Jones Andersen
Encounters at Bethlehem
By Jean Jones Andersen

Open your hearts, oh woman and man!

Open your hearts, oh woman and man!
Now let your great and wise and powerful be as the poor
and foolish little ones:

unembarrassed to receive the incredible Gift,
and not knotted in guilt over your lack of worth,
and not struggling to "earn" what cannot be deserved,
but just simply, joyfully accepting of all
that is given so humbly and gladly in Love.

~ from ENCOUNTERS AT BETHLEHEM by Jean J. Andersen
Encounters at Bethlehem
By Jean Jones Andersen
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