in God’s hands

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all;
but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.

Martin Luther

(a robin sitting on her nest / Julie Cook / 2017)

“Everything has to be permanently in God’s hands and dependent on God’s assistance”
from the private reflections of Bishop Karol Wojtyla , 1962 (Pope John Paul II)

17 comments on “in God’s hands

  1. Gee, they seem to be in agreement on this point.

      • I found that funny.

      • well I’ve actually read that there are Catholics who will not read any word written by Luther…which is a bit funny as he was a Catholic, albeit disgruntled.
        And there are those who won’t read anything written by John Paul, for all sorts of reasons….
        but when the Holy Spirit brings words to light, even if it is by perhaps two opposing camps, words that just so happen to be in one accord at this one given moment—well, who am I to ignore that!

      • Actually, truth be told, I don’t personally seek out the writings of either. Luther due to his anti-semitism and the Pope whoever he might be. But I did put the book your currently reading on my Amazon wishlist.

      • which book as I seem to have so many open at a time—if it is his personal diary, In God’s Hands, I do find the thoughts of a man who is seeking to hear the words of Christ in his heart—now there is the solace found in Mary—but I also believe Karol found great comfort in Mary, especially since he lost his own mother at such a young age—Mary was very much a guiding force for Karol… and he looked to her own example, of being that open vessel to God, as most important and relevant to his, as well as our own, life / lives

      • On God’s Hands. I did like him.

  2. says:

    That sweet robin knows all about that.

  3. Lynda says:

    Those are interesting quotes from persons whom one might expect to be thinking differently from each other. Perhaps in the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we can begin to glean a different perspective on those events and work and worship more closely with all Christians by keeping our focus on Jesus the Christ who said: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12.32)

    • I just replied to Don Lynda that I have actually read where there are Catholics who will not read anything written by Luther. And I know that there are some who will not read anything written by John Paul as they all but blame him for concealing the sexual abuse scandal within the church—but as I told Don—when the Holy Spirit brings two like minded sentiments to light as one—-well, who am I to ignore that?! 🙂

  4. Wow I love the quotes and the photo. How do you manage to get that close to the robins without them wanting to fly away??? Love, N 🙂 ❤

    • pure stealth 🙂
      plus she build the thing right by the driveway, at arms reach—not the brightest bird of the lot—plus we’re a little concerned that she may have had a bum batch—she keeps sitting, occasionally going out to seek substance with nary a baby bird—Gregory says she’s a young bird and this may be her first run at motherhood—and I can’t tell if she has a husband cause the other robins all seem paired up….

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    What an amazing paradox

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