For Longing Poem by John O’Donohue blessed be the longing that brought you here and quickens your soul with wonder. may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe. may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take. may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship – be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul. may the one you long for long for you. may
As the Thanksgiving season comes closer, our thoughts turn toward the gathering of family and friends, the turkey and dressing that will be served, the “Turkey Bowl” to be played, and the music to be sung. For many years, I’ve heard the phrase, “Give Thanks” when referring to a prayer over a meal. The “thank you” is what we mostly focus on which is important for sure. Yet, what about the “giving” part of the phrase. One of the most difficult things to do in life is to give thanks in ALL things. It’s easy to give thanks when
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's work the "Cost of Discipleship" was the most significant book I read in the decade of my twenties. It was a book given to me from a pastor in Alton, Iowa who was retiring and dispersing his library. Bonhoeffer's reflections on what it means to follow Jesus changed my life. It was the first time I came to realize the meaning of God's grace. After reading the book I was motivated to become a serious student seeking to bring all of my life under the Lordship of Christ. I came to understand in the economy of God their was "no
Having seen this beautiful river in downtown Reno, Nevada, this week, my thoughts have repeatedly gone to the old hymn written by Frances R. Havergal. “Like a River Glorious” has been sung by generations as a reminder of the peace that Christ brings to us in our everyday lives if we will just pay attention to His reminders. Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace, Over all victorious, in its bright increase; Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day, Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way. Refrain: Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest Finding, as He
Seasons of life come to us whether we want them to or not. It’s interesting that this is the way God organized and planned the rhythm of life from the beginning. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8;11 states: There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal A time to tear down and a time to rebuild. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a
Taken from The Relational Soul – When it comes to the thermostat of our learned level of emotional intimacy there are three things to keep in mind. First, the early setting becomes one’s normal … Second, the setting on the soul’s thermostat ranges from icy cold to boiling hot, from detached to enmeshed ways of being with others … The third thing to note about the thermostat is this—the thermostat is defective (as if we didn’t have enough to worry about already!).
Living by faith is for the birds! From my deck I am watching them fly back and forth from the mulberry tree (provided by God) to the bird feeder (provided by me) and eventually to who knows where. They eat and sing and fly—doing what God made them to do by being what God made them to be. Watching them teaches me about living by faith. I know they are simply following their instincts. But their instincts make them appear to be very trusting. They seem to assume there will be food and water and a place to live.
How I relate is how I relate! Yes there are different levels of connection ... from civility toward strangers to intimacy with my wife. Mates, children, friends, acquaintances ... each has a different level of connection. But my capacity for communion 'is what it is' whether I am engaging people or God. Christ invites me into rich intimacy with Him. But do I have the capacity to enter and enjoy such a relationship? The answer hinges, in part, on my ability to trust (trust being 'ground zero' of intimacy). I get a sense of my ability to trust by looking at the 'attachment pattern' in which