Jottings from my Journal

By on 19/06/2019

I received an e-mail hug the other day and it ‘felt’ good. The words enclosed me with a deliciously warm feeling.

Then a few days later, I received an unexpected hug from a lady in a real-life situation. This lady is poor, needy in many ways, smelt bad and the hug felt decidedly different.

It was actually very good for other reasons than the hug, smile and words of welcome that I could give her. It was what she gave to me in return.

It was not the sensation of stale body odour in my nostrils or the air thick with urine scents. It was the hug of acceptance that she conveyed to me for not rejecting her and treating her like any other person. Actually treating her like a worthwhile person. Respecting her. This brought tears to my eyes.

God came for all and especially to preach the good news to the poor. The poor come to us in many ways:

  • Poor in spirit/disheartened and overburdened – Jesus has come to make it ‘light’ for them. To take off the burdens they carry. To fill them with Himself.
  • Poor in belongings and struggling to make ends meet – He can provide for them miraculously himself or through others. Jesus has given the wealthy more than enough to go around and share it with others.
  • Poor in mindset that they are unworthy or not good enough – Jesus said only God is good so we, all of mankind, belong in the same boat and none of us are better than anyone else. Jesus also shared Love your Neighbour. All are good enough to be loved by Him. He came to die for ALL. He has no favourites.

Jesus has all the answers for all of mankind.  He came to set the captives free. To bring us Life. Eternal Life for ALL.

If as a Christ follower, I can convey through a hug that I love them, I care for them and that they are loved by their Heavenly Father, then I have achieved much. He hugs them too with a never-ending love. No conditions needed. It’s forever and always.

And so I rejoice in both hugs and hope that I somehow can convey to all that are in my sphere of influence that God loves them and desires to have a relationship with them and hugs them way more than I do or can.

Give someone a hug today and convey this to them.

ALL are loved and are hugged by God. Have a great hugging week!

May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’

Love always

Rosemary


7 comments on “Jottings from my Journal

  1. Rosemary you gave me a hug at the end of the day at the Heart Conference in Melbourne and whispered in my ear “Love you”. It was a great hug, full of warmth and love, a hug straight from God! I felt Gods love wrap me up! It was BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you Rosemary for that hug!!! I really needed it and I felt it blessed me! I’m sure it’s a gift God has given you. That lady you hugged was surely loved by God that day!
    MUCH love and Gods blessing be always upon you, Maureen xo

  2. People like this lady are our greatest gifts
    They are our teachers they are here to challenge us
    This lady and the many poor suffering souls like her are here to make us that are comfortable uncomfortable

    I learned a hard lesson too late
    I had a homeless brother whom I thought I was better then
    Through this beautiful brother God taught me the meaning of mercy

    As I held his dying hand I realised that moment they are not them and us or him and me
    We are us
    I am my homeless brother
    I am my gay brother
    I am my Muslim brother
    I am my disabled brother
    I am my brother with mental health issues etc etc and they are me
    Thank God for my hard learned lesson

  3. Wow Rosemary you had me with wet eyes reading your jottings. Very touching and true. Don’t put of those hugs as life can change in an instant. You will be rewarded with a lovely smile from the person and God. Sending hugs to you and Bruce and all on this site.

  4. Dear Rosemary,
    I love to read your jottings. You cover things that I sometimes have forgotten about. Your words become a beautiful reminder. I share your beliefs, and I have fallen in love with Christ, too. When things get tough sometimes, I try to remember and pray that God is the Love, God is the Peace, God is the Joy, He is the Forgiveness, the Goodness and the Kindness.
    May God bless you and Bruce. Love to you both in Christ Jesus’ name.

  5. So noble, so beautiful. Thank you for being Christ on that day. In situations like that, I always say to myself, “It could have been me instead of that person in need.” Nowadays people are so broken and WE ALL ARE but in different ways and different levels. WE ALL need the healing touch of Jesus in our daily life and until we die. Nowadays, it is harder to have that break through or find an opening, due to all the distractions of this world.

    Thank you to you Rosemary and Bruce and to all of your team for your ministry.

    Blessings.
    Helene

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