A Community makes a difference

I read this on another blog : Days of Deepening Friendship -by Vinita Hampton Wright – she gleaned this from Margaret Silf – Inner Compass

I thought it was so good I wanted to think on it more…

Desolation

  • Turns us in on ourselves
  • Drives us down the spiral ever deeper into our own negative feelings
  • Cuts us off from community
  • Makes us want to give up on the things that used to be important to us
  • Takes over our whole consciousness and crowds out our distant vision
  • Covers up all our landmarks
  • Drains us of energy

Consolation

  • Directs our focus outside and beyond ourselves
  • Lifts our hearts so that we can see the joys and sorrows of other people
  • Bonds us more closely to our human community
  • Generates new inspiration and ideas
  • Restores balance and refreshes our inner vision
  • Shows us where God is active in our lives and where he is leading us
  • Releases new energy in us

As we learn to recognize when we are in desolation and consolation, we can respond accordingly—changing course (through prayer, community, discernment, spiritual direction) when in desolation, and staying the course when in consolation.

DESOLATION : Solitary misery, ruin, devastation, dreariness

Psalm 74:3
Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.

When the enemy has gained access to the inner sanctuary of our hearts he damages everything. Cutting us off and isolating us, making us feel alone and without a way out.

CONSOLATION: Comfort, relief, support, to cheer

Philippians 2: 1-3

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

This Comfort comes in a community package. Through being with like-minded people, love, doing thing without selfishness or conceit, through thinking of others as better than yourself.

Something to keep in mind….

Friendships of Love

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