Some thoughts from Johanna Smyrell (Father Heart Central UK) on the words “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me” spoken by Jesus on the cross:
Everyone seems to think that this line spoken by Jesus was the Father actually leaving His beloved Son in his darkest and most painful hour.
The whole Trinity experienced the cross, not just one person of it. The father-son connection is such that they are one of and with the other, and that is straightforward enough to grasp, but Holy Spirit, as the comforter, also experienced that pain, separation and anguish. In His participation of this total pain, Holy Spirit is completely acquainted with our pain, He comforts through experiencing our humanity at its most desperate: an intimate knowledge of our orphan-ness is now also His.
For Jesus to be fully human means, to be fully orphaned, and in that moment, with all our cries, accusations and questions Jesus inhabited them all. In that moment, Jesus knew the pain and darkness of being outside the union He had been in from eternity. Is this the meaning of the cry, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – In darkness He voices our cry, the blindness in our eyes which fails to see the reality of “God with us”, at all times and in every situation. Jesus was not forsaken, but by fully embracing our humanity on the cross, He experienced, for the first time, the desolate emptiness of the orphans He came to bring home.
Brennan Manning (1934 – 2013) was an ordained Franciscan priest and author. He said this:
“I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in a right relationship with my Heavenly Father, nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behaviour or desire of mine that He will not condone”.
“I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy mystery”
Daring to trust that Jesus loves us as we are, NOT as we should be means accepting what He says and living life responding to His love for us.
The video below is a challenge to us about the love Jesus has for each of us:
A reminder that we have Winette Hubregtse with us for a day conference at Birdgnorth Baptist Church. As part of Fatherheart Ministries, Winette is involved in teaching on Fatherheart schools and conferences in Europe and East Africa. She is well worth hearing and we encourage you to come along to hear her speak.
We are excited to welcome Winette, who lives in the Nertherlands. For more information about the conference click here
Henri Nouwen from his book “Bread for the journey”
“When our broken love is the only love we can have, we are easily thrown into despair, but when we can live our broken love as a partial reflection of God’s perfect, unconditional love, we can forgive one another our limitations and enjoy the love we have to offer “.
“God’s love for us is everlasting. That means that God’s love existed before we were born and will exist after we have died. It is an eternal love in which we are embraced. Living a spiritual life calls us to claim that eternal love for ourselves so that we can live our temporal loves – for parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, friends, spouses, and all people who become part of our lives – as reflections or refractions of God’s eternal love. No fathers or mothers can love their children perfectly. No husbands or wives can love each other with unlimited love. There is no human love that is not broken somewhere”.
Henri Nouwen was an internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor who wrote 39 books on the spiritual life. He corresponded regularly in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish with hundreds of friends and reached out to thousands through his Eucharistic celebrations, lectures and retreats. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy. Nouwen’s books have sold over 8 million copies and been published in over 28 languages.
Norman Smyrell will be speaking at the Bridgnorth ‘Filling Station’ on the 10th January 2019. This event is held in the Library of the Endowed School in Bridgnorth. Starting time is 7:30pm.
Norman has been married for 40 years, with three grown up children, four grandchildren and lives in Shrewsbury Shropshire. He has been involved in various healing ministries for over 30 years including Restoring the Foundations (RTF).
In 2014 he came into the revelation Father’s love through the ministry of James and Denise Jordan. Walking in this revelation he has become more involved with Father Heart Ministries as his experience of the substance of Father’s love has grown .
Norman is originally from Northern Ireland where he shared his faith across the religious divide. He is an excellent communicator, insightful and challenging with a heart for people.