Saturday, January 27, 2018

Morning Devotions with Chaplain Kenny - The Gentle Touch

The Gentle Touch

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
~ Romans 5:5b (NIV)

In the book titled “If,” Amy Carmichael stated: “There are times when something comes into our lives which is charged with love in such a way that it seems to open the Eternal to us for moment, or at least some of the Eternal Things, and the greatest of these is love.

It may be a small and intimate touch upon us or our affairs, light as the touch of the dawn wind on the leaves of the tree, something not to be captured and told to another in words. But we know that it is our Lord. And then perhaps the room where we are, with its furniture and books and flowers, seems less present than His Presence, and the heart is drawn into that sweetness of which the old hymn sings...The love of Jesus, what it is...None but His loved ones know.”

Have you ever had the same experience as Amy Carmichael? Such an experience that you know it is the love of the Lord that is embracing you? God's love is somewhat like the “dawn wind”. You can feel the gentle touch of the wind embracing you, but you are unable to lay a hand on it, or see it.

When I lived in northern California, I would often hike the trails in the Redwood National Park. The Redwood National Park has the tallest trees on Earth. Many people do not realize that within the park there are prairies. The prairies are grassland that provide habitat for elk, black-tailed deer, and many other inhabitants.

One day as I was hiking a trail that was winding through the tall redwood trees we happened upon one of those prairies. The famous California coastal fog was hovering over the prairie with the sun peeping through it producing colored rays. A large Roosevelt elk was feeding on the grassland on the far side of the prairie. There was a special quietness throughout the area.

For me, on that particular day in the prairie, there was a “small and intimate touch” within my heart that conveyed an awareness of the Lord's presence and love.

The gentle and intimate touch of the unconditional love of Jesus is generously given. Saint Augustine stated: “God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love”. No matter where you are, “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate (you) from the (embracing) love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39b)
Lord God, thank You for special experiences in our lives when we can feel Your gentle touch of Your love. Amen.
In Jesus,
Chaplain Kenny

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When I lived in northern California, I would often hike the trails in the Redwood National Park.

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