Divine Shine


The quote at the end of today’s mass readings was from CS Lewis: I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun; not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.   I have been watching snippets of the video taken at my birthday party and my heart is brimming again with the Love that went into that glorious event. I think when we stand in the presence of Love, we are permeated at a depth that words cannot describe. I treasure the generosity of time, talent, and collaboration that went into pulling together the celebration.

With the lens of Love, the entire event shines brightly. Everyone wanted to ensure a special evening for me and I wanted to give my circles a reason to rejoice. We cannot see the Son or the sun, but we can see Love Incarnate. A friend of mine from high school that now lives in the USA sent me a note after seeing some of the photos and reading the comments on Facebook, saying You must be knocked off your feet with all of God’s Incarnate love from the weekend. I had been thinking about that image of Incarnate Love, a term a former Jesuit pastor introduced me to. My friend had essentially understood without seeing what had taken place what had indeed transpired.  He went on to say “bowled over” also came to mind – I sometimes wonder if we are not sufficiently “in shape” for that amount of love, which still only glimpses God’s positive regard for us. I wonder if you felt it seriously overwhelming at times. Imagine experiencing that day-in and day-out? Are we really ready for heaven?

Greg has always been an astute friend; I must admit that for over a year now I have felt that Love day in and day out.  At times, I have felt tremendously overwhelmed and unworthy of the human love that I am given. I know that I am reaping what I have sown but still I feel so very blessed. However, my friend is correct that it still is only a glimpse of what the Trinity desires for me. I know that God has been beyond magnificent in mercy, love and grace. All this though is a mere sliver of what is yet to unfold, of what awaits me in Heaven. Am I ready for that? That is a good question. If I cannot graciously accept the loving kindnesses of my human friends, how will I react with the lavishness of my Creator who cannot be outdone in generosity?

This Incarnate Love points me to God in all things, in everything I can see that is ablaze with the Father’s fingerprints. Perhaps my distraction with glittery objects is because I recognize in them just a wee bit of the Divine Shine. I see God everywhere; I know the Love that is made Incarnate through those I meet who bless me with generous acts of kindness. I said at the party that I have learned to be kind because I am paying forward every act of generosity that has been done to me. This Love illuminates the world. I invite you to see the Son shining in places you would least expect and to open your heart to that Love that longs to embrace you.



Reflection Questions

What illuminates your world and allows you to see everything clearly?

Are you “in shape” for the Love that God pours out so lavishly?


Creator God, the world is ablaze with your dazzle, illuminating every aspect of our lives, whispering your Love song for us. May we take note of it and bask in the Divine Shine until we reflect it back into our lives. Amen.

About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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2 Responses to Divine Shine

  1. Karen Wheadon says:

    The power of love…adds sunshine to everyone’s soul. Maybe I’ll see your birthday party video someday. We are now on Gilli Island, about 2 hr ferry ride from Bali. A unique relaxed pace island. You can walk around it in an hour. Other forms of transport are bicycle or horse and cart:) here for 3 nites, return to Ubud tomorrow afternoon. Depart for Canada on Wed. Where have these last 6 months gone? It has been quite a journey and I feel very grateful to have had this experience…..such a different journey though Suzanne than the one you have been on. Your post is making me think today….does it take dying to have the depth of love you have felt and experienced this past year…most of us will never experience anything like that in our lifetime. I’m so grateful you have that Suzanne. In your last post, you also mentioned short life or long life? Such a huge question which I think all of us have thought about at different times in our lives…I know I have. I think of Ben everyday with a heavy heart and worry as I know he suffers everyday and I wonder if he can somehow manage to live with his condition and have some quality of life. He has mentioned that he didn’t think he could live like this forever. Some manage it seems, but I wonder if he is strong enough. I wonder about those who suffer who don’t have a strong faith in God as you do. Who watches over them? Do they suffer alone, are there any angels watching over them? Questions I often think about.

    Thinking of you Suzanne as I look out over the calm sea and volcano mountains in the background….sending you peace and love💜 Karen Sent from my iPad


    • sstyves says:

      Time does fly! You’ve had such an amazing experience. You’ll have lots to live into, too.

      I think God watches over everyone, even those who do not yet know the Divine Presence. Angels minister quietly to all of us. When you get home, try to watch Miracles from Heaven. We do not always see what is truly transpiring. Blessings.

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