There is within you a lamb and a lion. Spiritual maturity is the ability to let lamb and lion lie down together. Your lion is your adult, aggressive self. It is your initiative-taking and decision-making self. -----Henry Nouwen
But there is also your fearful, vulnerable lamb, the part of you that needs affection, support, affirmation, and nurturing. When you take notice of only your lamb, you will easily become a victim of your need for other people’s attention. ------Henry Nouwen
The Kingdom of peace that the Christ came to establish begins when your lion and your lamb can freely and fearlessly lie down together. ------Henry Nouwen
Lamb to Lion: I am grateful for your strength of resolve in making my choices. Lion to Lamb: Thank you for tamping down my self-serving ego and centering me to the source. -----G. Hill
It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer. And while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the Lord. ------Isaiah 65:24-25
From our vulnerabilities, can come our strengths. ------Sigmund Freud.
Growth in the Darkest Hour Plant and human growth spurts come just before dawn, in their darkest hour.
From Darkness Comes the Light The gospel of Matthew, Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing he was about to be arrested, and facing the darkest of hours. He prays three times to the Father: "…if it be possible, let this cup pass from me …" (Matthew 26:39). In the same prayer, Jesus adds, "nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will,". From darkness will come the light. _______________________ Was there ever a more loving intersection of strength and vulnerability? ------G. Hill
Henry J. M., The Dance of Life: Weaving Sorrows and Blessing into One Joyful Step, ed. Michael Ford (Notre Dame, IN: Ava Maria press, 2005), 156.