Patricia Hofer

The presence of God and Christ in our hearts dispels loneliness

Larger than all our loneliness,
Stronger than all our willful cries,
Calmer with each new forgiveness,
Shines saving Christ love from his eyes. (©️ 2013)

We are born wanting to control our world in ways that please us. As I’ve so often quoted, we want to “be as gods” (KJ Gen. 3:5). Which to me means that we actually don’t want to be God or even be like God (as some translations say). But we do want to operate as a god, controlling our own personal little corner of the world.
And yet living in that small space can be very lonely. No other human being can actually know what’s in our heart. … Which is why I now say, we are all alone inside ourselves until we open ourselves to the Lord. The Saviour knows the lonely “me” that lives in consciousness, the part that no one can know. And it is in this unseen part of us where Christ’s smile of comfort and forgiveness and healing happen. As Jesus says, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (NRSV John 14:23). His unseen and continuing companionship is the Lord’s wonderful surprise. (Living Calm, chapter 15)

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