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The Power of Purity

This photo of me feels like its from a time long gone when in reality, it's only been six years. Taken by my son as I visited him in Atlanta, it represents one of the best vacations I've ever had. Out time together was great, but I also loved just seeing something new.

But a lot can happen in six years...

In six years, life can harden or soften you, season you or suffocate you, purify or paralyze you.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. ~Matthew 5:8, New International Version

With everything you've been through I ask you...

When will you set yourself free to see God?

Will you once again become like the one God knew before your mother's womb?

Will you be vulnerable enough to be pure in heart?

It was Peter's pure heart that saw Jesus as he is - the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. ~Matthew 16:17, NIV

It was the purity of his heart, the authenticity of his love for Christ that freed his mind's eye to a revelation of Jesus beyond the skin he was in.

Purity invites God's presence.

We don't have to wait to see Christ. When our hearts are aligned with his love, we are free to see him in our lives everyday.

Recently, I found the piece below in one of my many journals. It was written at least a year ago but reading it these past few days felt like fresh water. Pure. It made me feel once again like the woman in that picture:

Your love is a love I can love with,

Be awakened by your sunshine and brush my teeth with,

Wash the matter from my eyes and just breathe with,

Put on my fuzzy slippers and sip tea with.