What’s your Rembrandt?

For first year missionaries, our main focus is the formation of our hearts so that we can grow into a deeper relationship with Christ. We are intentional about setting aside specific time during the week for spiritual reading and discussions. The second book we read during formation was Fr. Henri Nouwen’s, The Return of the Prodigal Son. In his book, he describes how Rembrandt’s painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son, changed his entire spiritual journey. It was God’s way of pursuing him for a three-year long quest as he found the place where God dwells within him. During formation, the question was posed, “What’s your Rembrandt? (How is God pursuing you?).” It took me a while to think about this question; most of the time, I think that I am in search of Him. But when I really thought about it, I realized that God had been pursuing me through it all. Even through all of the laughter and tears. My Rembrandt is music. It started off with a passion for popular music; but, it slowly brought me into praise and worship. No longer was it just a cool tune or a fun beat, but a prayer. And the more time I invested and studied into this grace, the more opportunities God put into my life to grow closer to His Sacred Heart.  So, take some time to really think about it, “What’s your Rembrandt?”

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