Day 15

 Day 15

23 Comments

  1. Hope | | Reply

    Thank you, your reflection on leaving things and the barriers that are created to keep us from ur close relation with God spoke to me very much. May God bless your ministry.

  2. Edward Francis | | Reply

    Thank you Bruce.

  3. John | | Reply

    Thank you Bruce, that is an awesome illustration.

  4. Errol | | Reply

    Bruce amazing or is it? The right message again for me today. Like you have been reading my mail. Thank you also been thinking lots about the deep meaning for you on making the sign of the cross. Not being a catholic haven’t been using the sign but have commenced covering my life each day head to heart and across the entitiry of my body the love of Jesus .. Great reminder each day. Thanks.

    • Bruce Downes | | Reply

      Errol I am constantly amazed how the Holy Spirit has just the right Message for us at the time we need it most. These occurences constantly draws us closer into Him.

  5. Phillis | | Reply

    Bruce, your message today made my heart skipped a few beats!! :) It is so true, and I have been in such barriers, ‘self-created blockages’. It great that we have a God who can help break and clear those barriers when we seek him faithfully each day. Thank you Bruce.

  6. Lindy | | Reply

    Thank you Bruce. Great illustration from reality living.

  7. Loretta | | Reply

    Bless you Bruce for using such simple every day events to allow our God to show us how REAL He is to each and every one of us in our every day lives. In this gentle way we can all come to experience His REAL love for us personally.

  8. Bridget | | Reply

    Very Real, Man of God

  9. Tony | | Reply

    Thank you Bruce

  10. Erica D'Souza | | Reply

    Dear Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful inspirational talk today. I have actually left my house keys in the house and gone out. It is only when I returned home that I realized I had left them in the house. So I then called my Mum who was at work and I was quite panicky , and in a very calm manner my Mum said call you Dad and tell him that you are on your way to Granny’s house for the rest of the day, which I did. My Grandmother was very comforting and told me something very important, if you are calm in a situation like that you will be able to think properly. From that day I did exactly that and I always check numerous times that I have my keys with me.

    • Bruce Downes | | Reply

      I use to love talking with my Grandmother when she was alive. She would watch for quite a while and then speak a word of wisdom from time to time. Once I learned to tune into her wisdom I discovered a richness that I as a younger person just did not have. God can speak very loudly to us through older people if we pay attention and listen not just with our minds but our hearts. As a society we often do not value their voice and thus shut ourselves of from God speaking to us and guiding us.

  11. Cristina | | Reply

    OMG every day that pass , the talk is more rich, Thank you Bruce for all this gift of grace that you can share with us. Help me Lord to recognize all the barriers they are in me and in my life that stop me to hear your voice. I want to listen to you in order to be able to respond , but I need YOU my Lord

  12. Valerie Simms | | Reply

    Thank you Bruce for the hopeful message and prayer. Loving Father show me the barriers that I have that may be stopping me from hearing you I ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit, amen.

  13. Tommy | | Reply

    Without God I can not change for the better. I have my phone nearby, and only take my glasses off at bedtime. But a few days ago while looking for my car keys, I found them in the refrigerator. Had too much on my mind as putting groceries in there with keys in hand. I laughed and thanked God for sending me a little message to stay calm. I knew the keys, like God, were close by, did not panic, or get mad at myself. God, stay close by as always and make me always aware of your presence in my life. Thank you Bruce.

  14. Pat | | Reply

    The poet Francis Thompson wrote in “The Hound of Heaven”
    I fled Him down the nights and down the days
    I fled Him down the arches of the years
    I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways
    Of my own mind, and in the midst of tears
    Up vistaed hopes I sped and shot precipitated
    Adown titanic glooms of chasme-d years
    From those strong feet that followed,followed after.
    But with unhurrying chase and unperturbe-d pace
    Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
    They beat, and a Voice beat,
    More instant than the feet
    All things betray thee who betrayest me.

    There are barriers in our lives that reflect these words, but the Voice continues to pursue us if we would only listen

    • Bernadette | | Reply

      Thank you Pat. I must learn this poem because it is so beautiful and though I read it many years ago and have taken on board the idea of the ‘Hound of Heaven’ pursuing each of us it would be good to be able to recite the actual wonderful words of Francis Thompson.

  15. Wendy | | Reply

    Thank you Bruce. I pray that God will help me see the barriers in my life that keep me from getting closer to God.

  16. gloria ceraldi | | Reply

    Bruce I started at day 15 is it possible to get the previous ones thanks

  17. Irvin Flood-Holmberg | | Reply

    Thanks again, Bruce! I don’t know how you do this again and again – you relate real life situations and then explain to us, in simple terms, how it relates to God in our lives! He is always there – except we don’t see Him there oftentimes! I really identified with your example today – how, despite my efforts to find and live with God in my life, I do seem to build these barriers to recognising and sharing the moments with Him in daily living! Thank you for once again reassuring us that we can do it – but only with His help! And that Lent is the season to walk with Him, see Him and re-connect with Him in that special way that is our unique gift, each and everyone of us as long as we keep seeking Him!
    Thanks again and to coin one of our Fr. John Jegorow’s famous lines, God LOVE you!

  18. Antoinette | | Reply

    My mom and I were visiting my deceased dad and grandparents at the cemetary many years ago. Their graves were not that close together, so we covered a lot of grassy ground that day. Suddenly I realized my fat bunch of several (at least 8 or more) keys were gone! This was scary because the neighborhood outside the cemetary was very dangerous and how would we get to the car and get out? I ran and ran, searching and searching the grounds high and low. My mom was panicking also and very scared because it was totally deserted and getting late. When we gave up, feeling utterly lost and hopeless I suddenly felt a huge clumsy sharp weight in my rear pocket. Yes my keys were in my back pocket of my tight jeans! Wouldn’t I have felt them during all the walking and running and searching? My mom and I both concluded it was a miracle of some kind. At least a message from heaven. She said my dad was looking out for us, and I rather agreed. Of course God was in charge and I thanked Him profusely.

  19. Mary | | Reply

    God speaks to us in many different ways? I’d like to thank you Bruce for allowing him to speak through you. In very great stress we leave / place our emotions safely behind barriers, and struggle through, then when all is calm we go back to pick them up? Sometimes they appear to be gone? It takes a kind voice to indicate where they are safely held in a careing hand, so we can unwrap them and carry on. Thanks again

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