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Love Poured Out

February 11, 2018

“Jesus Carrying the Cross” by El Greco (16th Century), National Museum of Decorative Arts, Buenos Aires, Source http://www.mnad.org (PD-Art, Old-100)

The 18th Century rabbi, Israel ben Eliezer, wrote of suffering:

“Each prayer has its own meaning, and it is, therefore, the specific key to a door in the Divine Palace.  But a broken heart is an axe that opens all the gates.”

The sick, the needy, the desperate, the lost; the grieving; the persecuted and imprisoned; the abandoned and alone.  These understand suffering.

To the sick and those in pain, Christ is the Great Physician.  To those in need, the desperate, and the lost, He is the Way.  To the grieving, He is the Man of Sorrows. To the persecuted and imprisoned, He is the Advocate and Counselor.  To the abandoned and alone, He is the Beloved.

The source of all comfort, Christ is with us in all trials.  None of us is truly abandoned, for He is there.  In return, Christ asks that we extend a hand to the lost and less fortunate, that we reach out in love even when  we may be rejected.

Christ does not urge us to live cautious lives.  Love is not measured with an eyedropper, in safe increments.  It is poured out, as balm on the wounds of the world.  As His was for us.

Originally posted 5/26/12

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9 Comments
  1. This is beautiful Anna!
    An inspiring and comforting reminder..
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. WowzR this is great Anna! I just read it to my wife as well, she said it was really good.

    “Christ does not urge us to live cautious lives. Love is not measured with an eyedropper, in safe increments. It is poured out, as balm on the wounds of the world. As His was for us.” I find this encouraging and challenging. Will be reflecting on this for sure.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Anna, you wrote: “Christ does not urge us to live cautious lives. Love is not measured with an eyedropper, in safe increments. It is poured out, as balm on the wounds of the world. As His was for us.”

    You have given me much to think and pray about here.

    And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” (1John 4:16-17, KJ2000)

    “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
    ― C.S. Lewis, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

    • I am always glad when you like a post, Michael. The CS Lewis quote was a nice touch! It hadn’t occurred to me to make that comparison. 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on Anchor Thy Soul and commented:
    Great Post By: A Lawyers Prayers!
    Love Poured Out..

  5. Simply beautiful Anna. As you point out,does Christ really ask all that much of us? To extend the hand of love to the needy or fallen seems to be a rather minimal request, wouldn’t you agree?

    • I’m so happy you liked the post, Ron. Yes, I think it is a minimal request…especially in light of all He’s given us.

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