St. John in Ephesus


I have a friend who is ‘off the scale’ when they do tests about people being active, as opposed to those who, I suppose like me, are more contemplative. Not that my friend never has deep thoughts (far from it) – and actually, honestly, I do manage to get some things done.Leanne Payne talked about people who seem always to be ‘pregnant with book’ – meaning, I think, that they have creative ideas within, perhaps that they struggle to actually birth, with ideas that remain half-developed, unformed fully. They seem unable without a great deal of focus and hard-work to actually get the words down and the book finished.

It is, perhaps, the ‘feminine’ aspects of our lives, our beings, I mean birthing and creative parts of us, while it takes the more the ‘masculine’ to actually get the book finished – polished, taken to the editor, the publisher, the binder – till it’s actually really done. Now don't write me in angry words; I'm sure the opposite can be true in various individuals.

In the above photo, I'm standing at the tomb of St. John the Evangelist, the closest friend of Jesus while on earth. (You could look it up.) I think he was a 'contemplative.' We know people who are active, impulsive, wonderfully impetuous and sometimes loud. They get things done. They don't pause to think for long times before they speak. I envy them sometimes.

While in Ephesus I was moved to share some words I’d memorized from Scripture, from ‘the Book we all love’ – with those of our tour. The time in Ephesus was part of our visiting the Seven Churches of the Revelation, the Holy Spirited vision of John that He had one 'Lord's Day.

He wrote in I John 3:1 - 3 . . .

How great is the love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called the children of God - and that is what we are. The ‘world’ does not know us because it did not know Him.

Dear friends, now we are the children of God and it does not ye appear what we shall be . . . but we know, that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.

Everyone who has this hope in him (or her) keeps himself pure.

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