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April 16, 2005

To the Soul in Need of Mercy

Written by John of Landsberg, 1555
From A letter from Jesus Christ to the Soul that Really Loves Him

"One thing I have to warn you of especially is your constant tendency to grow fainthearted under the weight of your faults and oversights and an inclination almost to despair when a sudden lack of confidence reduces your firm decisions to nothing. I know those moods when you sit there utterly alone, eaten up with unhappiness, in a pure state of grief. You donít move towards Me but desperately imagine that everything that you have ever done has been utterly lost and forgotten.

This near despair and self-pity are actually a form of pride. What you think was a state of absolute security from which youíve fallen was really trusting too much in your own strength and ability. Profound depression and perplexity of mind often follow a loss of hope, what really ails you is that things simply havenít happened as you expected and wanted. In fact, I donít want you to rely on your own strength and abilities and plans, but to distrust them and to distrust yourself, and to trust me and no one and nothing else. As long as you rely on yourself you are bound to come to grief.

You still have a most important lesson to learn: Your own strength will no more help you to stand upright than dropping yourself on a broken reed. You must not despair on me. You must hope and trust in me absolutely. My mercy is infinite."

-- John of Landsberg

Transcribed by Mom B while listening to a Sonship tape from World Harvest Ministries.

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Hi!!! I didn't know you were "back!" So glad to "see" you. You and your family have been in my prayers.

Posted by: Kim in ON at April 16, 2005 11:34 AM

you'll be receiving the bill for my new toes now that my current ones are all crushed to death

We'll be wanting some of those new american dollars!

Posted by: Dana at April 16, 2005 01:01 PM

I needed that. Thank you.

Posted by: Victoria at April 16, 2005 05:33 PM

Glad you're back, Tulipgirl! I am listening to Sonship CDs right now. Though I think they are different from the tapes. Mine is a lecture series by Jack Miller. It's good though.

Posted by: Sandra at April 17, 2005 01:24 AM

"what really ails you is that things simply havenít happened as you expected and wanted. In fact, I donít want you to rely on your own strength and abilities and plans"

How very, very pertinent.

Posted by: ilona at April 24, 2005 11:29 PM


 
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