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By Jackie Stammen

10/10/2013 (1 year 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 (1 year 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?

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