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You know when you look at something bright then close your eyes,  you can still see a negative image?

That’s happened twice at church in the last two weeks.

The first time I was praying for guidance on how to take my spiritual life to the next level. There are a couple of big obstacles in my way, I  am protecting.  One is drinking.   I like wine.  But I am 100% convinced that it is one of the key things I must get rid of in order to get closer to God and my family.

Anyway, I was asking God to bring me closer, asking what do do, but silently rebelling all the way.  I looked at the crucifix — the morning light shining behind it, closed my eyes, and saw the image of a sword.

swords, edinbugh castle

Kill the habit.

Be done once and for all.  It was so, so clear. I listened.  I claim no victory yet, but feel ready to let go and focus instead on my family and friends and God.

Then, this week, I went into church not really sure about what to  pray, and found myself filled with gratitude.  It was a beautiful warm morning, the streets wet and warm from an overnight rain.   I had a lot to be thankful for. Job, family, health, Faith, friends.  I looked up at the crucifix, thanked God for my blessings, closed my eyes  and it was then, I saw the negative image of a bird in flight.  Clear as day. Christ’s arms, the wings.

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.  Luke 24:31

Give me Faith to hear and see.

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