Sunday, September 28, 2014

Food for thought

"Spiritual reading is reflective and prayerful. It is concerned not with speed or volume but with depth and receptivity. In a certain sense, when we are engaged in spiritual reading it is not so much we who read the Word as the Word who "reads" us. Perhaps when we read scripture, our task is not so much to master the text of scripture as to be mastered by the Source of that text."



Soul Feast- An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

-by Marjorie Thompson

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Quote of the Day

"The conditional sources of our personal spiritual crises are not a sign of our sin, but an opportunity for spiritual growth. Persons in spiritual crisis need not take their situation as a sign of their poor standing with God."

- Crossroads in Christian Growth by W. Loyd Allen

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shhhh...be silent

Shhh....Silence!



Silence is golden...according to AMC Theatres...and today I see where this may truly be the case.

Believe it or not silence can build relationships.  When we join with others in an activity that does not call for conversation we grow closer to each other.

As it relates to God:

"We do not move into silence with God only for the purpose of listening to the Holy One but also to recognize the gift of God's being silently present with us. When we fall quiet in prayer, we usually want an expect to hear something. If God is silent we may believe we are doing something wrong. Maybe we aren't listening hard enough or in the right way. Are we hearing nothing because the Holy one has decided not to answer or doesn't like our question or request? Maybe the silence means God has abandoned us! Our inner voices search for reasons to explain the lack of divine response. "

Could it be that when we fall silent in prayer, God falls silent with us?

It is very well possible that God is silent with us knowing that what we need more than affirmation or advice is simply the divine presence....and in silence God gives us exactly that.




-Paraphrase and direct quote from The Way of Prayer  by Vennard & Bryant



Monday, August 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

"The human spirit is characterized by an unrestricted drive toward the truth, which is ultimately boundless."

-Quest for the Living God by Elizabeth Johnson

Sunday, August 24, 2014

God is good! All the time...and all the time...God is good!....do we really know what we are saying?

"Inevitably, our understanding of what 'good' means arises from our experience of goodness in the world. We experience good persons, good satisfactions, good weather, and so on. From these we derive a concept of goodness that we then affirm of God who created all these good things. But God is infinite, so we need to remove anything that smacks of restriction. Thus we negate the finite way goodness exists in the world, shot through with limitation. But still we think God is good, so we negate that particular negation and judge that God is good in a supremely excellent way that surpasses all understanding. According to analogy, when we attribute goodness to God the theological meaning is this: God is good; but God is not good the way creatures are good; God is good in a supereminent way as Source of all that is good.

At this point our concept of goodness cracks open. We literally do not understand what we are saying. Human comprehension of the meaning of "good" is lost, for we have no direct earthly experience of anything that is the Source of all goodness. Yet the very saying of it ushers our spirit toward the presence of God who is good, a reality so bright that it is darkness to our mind. In the end the play of analogy brings us to our knees in adoration."


-A direct excerpt from Quest for the Living God by Elizabeth A. Johnson