As we begin the Lenten Season, on this Ash Wednesday, March 2, our devotions will be brought to us from “Steadfast Love” by Henri J.M. Nouwen.
26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. John 16:26-27 NIV
“The Heart of God”
“Prayer takes place where heart speaks to heart, that is, where the heart of God is united with the heart that prays. Thus, knowing God becomes loving God, just as being known by God is being loved by God.” (Behold the Beauty of the Lord, 22-23)
--by Henri J.M. Nouwen
When our hearts connect with God’s heart we can be touched by God’s love in ways that are beyond our intellectual understanding. Still, the Holy Spirit can help us to know and experience God’s love.
Dear God, let us love you with all our hearts, just as you love with all your heart. Amen.
--Henri J.M. Nouwen