resting place

We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting
place for those who love us.”

St. Bernard of Clairvaux


(Methodist Church/ Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mts National Park / Julie Cook / 2015)

“Since all our love for God is ultimately a response to His love for us,
we can never love Him in the same way He loves us,
namely, gratuitously.
Since we are fundamentally dependent on God and in His debt for our creation
and redemption, our love is always owed to Him, a duty, a response to His love.
But we can love our neighbor in the same way that He loves us,
gratuitously—not because of anything the neighbor has done for us
or because of anything that we owe him,
but simply because love has been freely given to us.
We thereby greatly please the Father.
God the Father tells Catherine [of Siena]:
This is why I have put you among your neighbors:
so that you can do for them what you cannot do for me—-that is,
love them without any concern for thanks and without looking for
any profit for yourself.
And whatever you do for them I will consider done for me.”

Ralph Martin, p. 261
An Excerpt From
Fulfillment of all Desire, p261

11 comments on “resting place

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    Julie, the picture of the church is beautiful ~and the words so comforting and true. ❤️

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I remember seeing that church over 10 years ago when we vacationed in the Smoky Mountains. I like how your photo has the graveyard in front.

  3. blmaluso says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful and true thoughts❤️

  4. oneta hayes says:

    Love that top quote.

  5. Nancy Ruegg says:

    “Love without concern for thanks or profit.” Based on a recent circumstance, this was just what i needed to read. If I could just remember that any goodness I do for others is the same as doing it for Jesus, how different my attitude might be! Thank you, Julie!

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Hope you are doing well

  7. Miss you 🍪🍪🐛🐛😍🙏🏻

  8. How insightful! ❤

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