In 2016, Lori and I took a team over to Kenya. We stayed in an old Catholic Convent run by nuns.
One of the nuns we met is Sister Julian. She was absolutely radiant, every single day. She took a shine to us, and we took a shine to her. Shine is the operative word for Sister Julian. That girl is a ray of sunshine!
On our last morning in Kilgoris , I sat with her in her tiny office, settling up our room and board. When we finished, we just chatted for a while. As we did, she leaned forward to confide something to me.
“Once, I was in the chapel for my 4AM prayers. Suddenly, something came upon me, and I heard a voice say, Receive the Blessing.
I looked at her and said, “Sister Julian, I’m pretty sure that was the Holy Spirit.”
She considered this and smiled.
“A week passed by, and I was again in the chapel. As I was praying, something came upon me again, and this time I heard, Be a blessing.
I laughed, “Sister Julian, that something was definitely the Holy Spirit.”
She nodded, and her smile lit up the room.
Do you ever meet people and I think, Hey I can see Jesus in them!
That is Sister Julian. We all saw Jesus in her. There was a radiant joy and peace about her. She is wonderful to be around.
Really, the very essence of the Gospel can be distilled into what that sweet Kenyan nun heard during her morning prayers:
Receive the Blessing .
Be a blessing.
The Blessing is Christ Himself.
Being a blessing is the fruit of His life in us.
That’s really good news!
I met a woman in the grocery store yesterday, filling my grocery sacks for me. She had that same glow of Jesus all over her too.
But that’s another story!