The Universal One is standing by, waiting for us to join in love and joy.
But I’m kind of busy right now, though. After all, I’ve got other things to do. There’s lots I’d like to see happen at The Expanding Light. We’re just now planning a Yugas Conference. That will be great! I have never been to Greece. I’d like to see that new Happy Feet movie. Maybe later for moving toward eternal love and joy.
Besides, I’m pretty upset about what is happening politically and financially in the US and Europe. And I really want to see if I can’t get my finances in better shape.
Yogananda said that the only thing we can possibly give God is our love. Imagine our actually having something to give that God cares about! “The only thing lacking to Him is our love. That is what God wants from us: our love; our trust in Him; our joy in His infinite joy.” (from Essence of Self Realization)
Mother Theresa delivered a similar message. She relayed that Jesus appeared to her and helped her understand that when he said “I thirst,” He was telling us that God wants us to love Him in the same way He loves us. God yearns for our love!
St. Augustine said “Deus sitit sitiri.” That is “God thirsts to be thirsted for.”
God is standing by waiting for us to love Her. Through this, we can enter into Divine Bliss. This doesn’t feel the same to me as when I was young and studying the catechism. Then I was taught that if I was good, my reward was that I could go to Heaven - where I would worship God forever. As a boy my only reaction to that was “Boring! That’s the reward? Sit on a cloud and worship FOREVER??!” Not appealing to a kid who’d prefer to be running in the school yard. But how much have I really changed? The pull of delusion still seems to regularly call my attention to lots of other things.
Entering into God’s joy and love. Maybe that’s something I should work harder at. Maybe I could skip Greece and go straight to finding Bliss.
Blessings and Joy,
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