Advent Book Club Day 16

28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Today Henri Nouwen reminds us that God has a divine heart of love – that loves us so much, and All you need is Love.wants us to find in it the fulfillment of our deepest desires. This, of course, needs us to desire the right things – to be dead to sin – but asks our hearts to be open to him.

I skipped, however, straight to the Bible reading today. It seems that throughout this book we are destined to keep bumping into words familiar from compline. This is one of the readings used in regular rotation.

It is one of the most wonderful and comforting thoughts. “Doing God” isn’t all about hard work – spending hours a day praying is, of course, laudable – but you can do God in an instant – just by opening your heart to Jesus and letting the Holy Spirit flow in.

These are the words I turned to last night – those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I had my phone snatched yesterday. A minor thing – inconvenience – and physically I was unharmed. But I felt violated, shaken and upset. It didn’t help when I got barged off my seat on the train an hour later – it took an hour to fill in the relevant paperwork just for work and Vodafone, even before speaking to the Police. Eventually I got home, had a hug from Sarah, and cuddles with Phoebe the cat. What soothed me just before I went to sleep though was these very words – calm, gentleness and peace.

Oh, and I won’t be doing today’s wreath-putting-up action – with a uPVC door, I suspect Sarah would frown upon me sticking a nail into it…