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06 August 2020Just a thought...

Nature: 

Most of the time we forget to notice this place where we live, but every once and so often maybe we notice and are filled.  "He restoreth my soul" is the way the psalmist says it.  For a little while the scales fall from our eyes and we actually see the beauty and the holiness and mystery of the world around us, and then from deeper down even than our hunger, restoring comes, nourishment comes.  You can't make it happen.  You can't make it last.  But it is a glimpse, a whisper.  Maybe it is all we can handle. 

— Frederick Buechner, The Clown in the Belfry.

 

05 August 2020Just a thought...

Divine Punishment: 

The delusion of divine punishments still prevails inside and outside religion over the clear evidence of human consequences, random accidents, and natural disasters.  This does not simply distort theology; it defames the very character of God. 

― John Dominic Crossan in How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation.

05 August 2020

Prayer when can’t find the right words: 

May you allow yourself time to process your thoughts, to tend your feelings, to sit with yourself and with others, knowing that many things, if not most, are beyond language, and can only be explored in the silence between words, where deep listening replaces our own desire to be right or articulate, and draws us instead into humble co-creation that we could never achieve by ourselves.  Amen. 

Micah Bucey

03 August 2020Just a thought...

Faith in the Lord: Never give up: 

We never give up.  Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day.  These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing.  Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal.  That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen. - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, CEV

01 August 2020Just a thought....

Preacher’s Prayer:

Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff

And nudge me when I've said enough.

Anon.

31 July 2020Just a thought...

Plenty:

If your cup runneth over, spill a little.

 - Wayside sign

30 July 2020Just a thought..

Worry:

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.

— Corrie Ten Boom.

29 July 2020Just a thought...

Prayer: an active silence

Prayer has been described as an active silence in which one listens acutely for the still small voice, as if prayer were not asking and getting through to God, but becoming so composed that He might come through to me.

— James Hillman, A Sacred Voice Is Calling

28 July 2020Just a thought...

Christianity, rather than being one myth alongside many others, is the fulfilment of all previous mythological religions.  Christianity tells a true story about humanity, which makes sense of all the stories that humanity tells about itself.

― Alister E. McGrath in C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

27 July 2020Just a thought...

Light:

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16, New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised

25 July 2020Just a thought...

Cheer Up:

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

— Mark Twain

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