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By Jackie Stammen

10/10/2013 (3 years ago)

Laughs and Love (laughsandlove.com)

Transition often presents many obstacles in our lives.

Do you feel close to the Lord?

Do you feel close to the Lord?

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By Jackie Stammen

Laughs and Love (laughsandlove.com)

10/10/2013 (3 years ago)

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Keywords: prayer life, relationship with Christ, First Commandment, pray, truth, prayer, mass, priest, catholic, Lord, Jesus


LOS ANGELES CA. - Transition seems to pull me away from a diligent prayer routine. As I sat and grappled with my short-comings in this nature while at daily Mass one afternoon, I listened to the priest's homily for the day. He opened his homily with a question that shot straight into my heart and settled deep in my gut.

"If I don't feel close to the Lord, who moved"?

I knew the answer to this question before it managed to escape his lips.

"It is me."

As he recited the answer to the question posed, I realized the truth and meaning behind his statement. Not only did I realize it, but I was replaying snapshots of my "busy" life over the past months and saw the effects. Something had been lacking in my life lately. I knew I needed more of something or someone and I think I even knew Jesus was whom I needed more of, but until I heard the question posed ever so bluntly I hadn't fully accepted my reality.

In that moment I realized that I had strayed. Maybe not far, but I had moved away from Jesus. The circumstances of my life had caused me to be a bit out of sorts and perhaps it's a good thing to be shaken up and deterred from our normal routine every now and then; however, our relationship with God should not be shaken. The one thing - above all else in this life - which matters most is our relationship with Christ.

Ask yourself this very question.

Do you feel close to the Lord?

If you don't, who moved?

Discover the true meaning of Christmas!



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