They say good fences make good neighbors. Well established and clear boundaries help us all. They keep in what we want in and keep out what we want out. The first step when installing a fence is surveying the property. Then you dig and install the fence posts on which the fence will hang. But what happens if we connect our fencing to posts that were dug in the wrong place? We might fence ourselves off an area we rightly own while giving trespasses free rein on our domain. That would be worse than having no fence at all.
There are certain events in our lives that, like posts of a fence, become the markers that hold in place our lives’ story. We state our time in reference to them, “before we were married,” “after we had kids,” etc. … We look to them when we seek our identity, and, like a good strong fence, they protect the boundaries of the precious property inside. But there are times when, holding on to lies, we have fenced off God and given the enemy a stronghold.
One of the events that marked the life of Saint Peter Julian Eymard was the Great Retreat in Rome. He had an epiphany. He clearly saw the boundaries of what belonged to God and decided to give him all. On this Thursday after Epiphany, the Scriptures remind us of our true identity. “Beloved…we love God because he first loved us… Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God” (1 John 4:19, 5:1). This is our epiphany! We are beloved children of God! We need to allow this two-edged sword to dig deep into our hearts and take hold. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Let Us Pray:
Dear Jesus, you said you have come to set the captives free. Open my eyes, ears, and heart to the truth that I am a beloved child of God. Let the truth you speak today take hold. Help me let go of the obstacles I have placed between us. In the morning, let me know your love. (Psalm 143)
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