"Look, I have engraved you on the palms
of my hands"
My biggest desire?
To be a genuine disciple of the Master.
This is what I really wish in life.
To be like Him.
To be His follower, His aficionado,
This is what I pray for…
That gradually but with determination
patience (on His part)
He makes me one with him.
Thus His dreams become my dreams,
His projects become my projects,
His ideals become my ideals.
The disciple enjoys listening to his
Like Mary, Lazarus' sister…
He stays there,
squandering his time,
sitting at His feet, paying attention
every word and gesture He makes.
When the Master reproaches him, He
When the Master encourages him, he
The disciple above all loves his Master.
Whoever loves his mother or father
me, is not worthy of me…
Whoever loves his son or daughter more
me, is not worthy of me…
Their Master is more than a friend.
He is a cherished treasure.
This is the secret:
the colossal love He has for him.
Thus the disciple will gradually draw
towards the Master.
An absolute priority is born in his
the work of the Master.
So when he is asked to do something,
he no longer lingers
or asks "why? how? when? where?"
For him just the next step is enough
he does not need to see the whole project.
After all he knows that His Master
Even if the Lord takes him by surprise…
he just do the job promptly.
There are no 'ifs' or 'let me think
it' for him.
His life is in the Lord's hands.
He knows that if he trusts in Him he
never be dismayed.
And so he moves on
… even if he is not particularly fond
the task given to him,
… even if the Master forgets to congratulate
… even when the work becomes tedious
… even when He is silent…
He keeps going
knowing that His Master is faithful
The disciple does not even expect to
in his task
He never says to himself or to others
'I either do everything well or else
He knows after all that
if he does everything perfectly.
he would not need His salvation and
And when everything does go awry,
-because of his negligence or laziness
the disciple knows he can always hurl
in the vast ocean of His mercy.
Yes, he is well aware that salvation
not come from him
but from the Lord!
there was a criminal
who became His disciple
just besides the cross.
So, there is a chance also for me!
Lord hold us tight to you,
"Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue.
for me to know how to give a word of
to the weary.
Morning by morning he makes my ear
to listen like a disciple.
Lord Yahweh has opened my ear
And I have not resisted,
I have not turned away.
I have offered my back to those who
My cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
I have not turned my face away from
Lord Yahweh comes to my help,
that is why I shall not be put to shame."
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