When out walking this afternoon, something important dawned on me. I would be interested to know whether these thoughts are firmly along Orthodox lines, and that I'm not making some huge error. If anyone could kindly comment, I'd be grateful.
As someone who is very much learning the ABC of Christianity, I feel that I have realised what step one is. After days of agonising over my sins, I realise that I am setting off on entirely the wrong footing. The Way of the Cross may be the Way of Light, but there is something utterly fundamental which I have stupidly lost sight of in the past, which has meant that I was still in the darkness. It is the Foundation of Love.
I need to fully realise as experiential facts in my heart and in my soul and in my body even, that God loves me and cares for me. In fact He loves me so much that Christ died in some sense for me personally
. I also must realise before I even begin the journey that I am a likeable and lovable person. I need to love myself as well, whatever my faults. These are essential first steps. No progress can be made without this foundation of love.
I realise that it may appear laughable that I never recognised the importance of this previously. In the words of an old hymn:
Quote:Pity my simplicity,
Suffer me to come to Thee.
Am I going along the right lines with this?