I am currently in the process of completing a 33 day devotion/consecration to Jesus. This has been the most challenging and also a very eye opening experience for me. There are also things that have occurred that can not be placed into words. Beyond that each day I am expected to read various passages, and writings from books on growing deeper into relationship with Christ. I woke up this morning with a very heavy heart, feeling rather alone in my circumstances, and wanting to point fingers, failing to understand how the human heart can hurt so much. Today's reading reminds me that I need to put my whole heart, and all of my love toward He who is forever constant. I will post the link at the bottom of today's reflection for those interested in completing this sacred devotion. Here below you will find my reading for the 32 day of this devotion.. (C.C.)
Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 2, Chapter 7Of the Love of Jesus above All Things
Blessed is he that understands (Psalm 119:1,2) what it is to love Jesus, and to despise himself for Jesus' sake. You should leave your beloved, for your beloved (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 22:37; Cant. 2:16); for that Jesus will be loved alone above all things. The love of things created is deceitful and inconstant; the love of Jesus is faithful and persevering. He that cleaves to a creature, shall fall with that which is subject to fall; he that embraces Jesus shall be made strong for ever. 2. Love Him, and keep Him for your friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake you, or allow you to perish in the end. Some times you must be separated from all, whether you want to or not. Keep close to Jesus both in life and in death, and commit yourself to His faithfulness, who, when all fail, can alone help you. Your Beloved is of that nature, that He will admit of no rival; but will have your heart alone, and sit on His throne as King. If you could empty yourself perfectly from all creatures, Jesus would willingly dwell with you.
http://fisheaters.com/totalconsecrationmontfort.html - The Devotion