Definition of Absolution – Formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment. Synonyms include forgiveness, pardoning, and mercy. Example of use “the priest administered absolution of their sins.”
The recent summit between North Korea and the United States appears to be a game-changer for the world in our hopes for peace and prosperity for all nations. Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, reunification of the North and South, and the North’s apparent interest in joining the nations of the world with a robust economy of their own – is very exciting news! Maybe we should add a prayer to our conversations with God for this rare opportunity on the Korean Peninsula to become a reality for us all. Talk about a relief!
Which brings me to this – I want to share with you something I learned on Good Friday this year, March 30, 2018. With proactive guidance and encouragement from one of my Priests, I participated in something that resulted in a feeling of profound relief. Similar to the feeling I’ve described in the very 1st post ever published on this site.
Here is the relevant excerpt from that post – look for the red highlights (1st event), not the green (2nd event).
Here is a link to that full-post if you would like to open it into a new tab for later-viewing.
The similarities between the relief that came to me during the 1st event on 9/29/2013, and then again during my first-ever confession on 3/20/2018, have been on my mind since 3/20/2018 and it’s now 6/17/2018. So I am glad to finally get this little gem of information to you.
The guidance and encouragement that I am grateful to have received from my Priest, Reverend Nathan Beall, was on how to prepare-for and participate-in my very first, official, full-confession, in a church and witnessed by a Priest. Being my first, meant having to go “All the way back..” I was afraid Father Nathan would be sorry he ever-asked!
But we got through it – and at the end – the love, forgiveness, acceptance, and comfort that came into me as my Priest spoke the words that absolve us of our sins – brought tears of joy to my eyes.
Talk about a divine sense of relief! Your first one will be an emotional experience, draining, and well-worth every second.
If you have already participated in a confession that is sanctioned by the church, then you already know what I’m talking about.
But.. if you have not, then you have a prime opportunity to do something really good for yourself. I encourage you to do so.
This is the point of me baring my soul like this, to share what I learn about God.
I learned that in a confession, the Priest provides you with a Sacramental Seal on the words he hears you say to God during your confession. The Priest will not, and can not (legally), repeat what they hear you say. They won’t even mention it to you again, unless you first bring it back up with them.
You can only win when you confess, repent, ask forgiveness, forgive others freely, and reconcile your life with God, in order to receive the profound love that Jesus Christ has for you.
Definition of Profound (as a noun) – the vast depth of the mind, or ocean. Having great knowledge or insight.
Speaking of a profound mind!
Charles Krauthammer announced his battle with cancer is over and he only has weeks to live. Here in the US, Charles is well-known for his brilliant analysis of news-worthy events. Charles was born March 13, 1950 and is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American columnist, bestselling author, news commentator, and former physician, whose weekly column was syndicated to more than 400 publications worldwide. In 1985, he began writing a weekly editorial for The Washington Post. He was a weekly panelist on PBS news program Inside Washington from 1990 until it ceased production in December 2013. Krauthammer has also been a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard, a Fox News contributor, and a nightly panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier. Krauthammer has received acclaim for his writing on foreign policy, among other matters.
I am dedicating this post to Charles, his family, friends, readers, viewers, and colleagues.
What a loss this is for so many of us! But at the same time, what a gain this is for Charles – who has served in this world for as long as God wanted – to now be graduating into a higher and more perfect realm of eternal life, heaven.
Everyone who I’ve seen testify about having visited heaven and then returning to earth have said they would have preferred to stay right there in heaven once they saw, and felt, the beauty that awaits in our eternal life with Jesus.
Charles says “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
I have a feeling Charles understands eternal life a whole lot better than me, but after spending the past 5 years completely immersed into the evidence now published on TYAJesus.com – I can tell you with absolute certainty, life is not ending for Charles. Although his human body will die, his spiritual body remains alive, and coherent, as he is born into heaven’s eternal life, reuniting with long-lost family and friends who went before him and who are now welcoming him home. There are reasons why heaven is so loved, and this is one of them.
Who among us, that knows Charles Krauthammer, has any doubt what-so-ever about Charles receiving eternal life in heaven?
Although we will miss our loved-ones terribly as they leave this planet, we can also be 100% confident: (1) that they are right where they prefer to be, once they can see and feel the beauty that awaits in our eternal lives; and (2) that our loved-ones who left earth before us will be there in heaven to welcome us when God brings us home too. All in good time. All in God’s time. Amen.
Have you ever felt like you could use a mental-reboot to get back on track with what is ultimately important to your happiness? I found this short little video that is quite effective at refreshing our focus. All it takes is 3 minutes and your full-attention. I give credits and links for this video coming up in this post. As for now, (1) click below to access the video in a new tab, (2) then click on the black-screen to start the video, and (3) when the 3 minute video is done, make note of any priorities that come to mind, and (4) remember to come back to this tab at the top of your browser to get the rest of this article.
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Springboard & Handoff Into God’s Love – SHIG’L (acronym)
Today’s Springboard is a Bible verse that finishes with a Handoff letting you jump-in with your own thoughts and concerns that flow freely from your heart, if you let them. It may take some time, but take all the time you need. Once we figure out how to pray from our heart and not just our lips, that is when we begin to have a real conversation with God.
Here is the Springboard:
Matthew 11:28 – Jesus says “Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.”
And here is the Handoff to you for a heart-to-heart conversation with Jesus Christ.
I borrowed this next photo from my Facebook page and am sharing it here to convey the feeling of real honest to goodness love most people have for their dads.
Happy Father’s Day to you from me, pictured here with my son at his college graduation 2018.
I love working for our Eternal Father, Jesus Christ.
John Levay, Founder of TYAJesus.com
Full CREDIT for the 3 minute video shown in this post goes to SOULSEEKERS WORLDWIDE -Title of video is “3 questions that can make you rethink your life.” You can learn more about Soulseekers Worldwide by clicking here.