Merton provided words for what I was experiencing and what I wanted to nurture in the life of prayer. More than devotional stick-to-it-ive-ness, I felt and wanted to continue to feel drawn to simply be with God.
But, while my heart desired more than accountability or discipline, I’ve also known by experience that, for me, the sense of being aware of God’s presence often occurs within the frame of my disciplined life. When I am making space, clearing time, attentiveness to the God who is always present occurs more freely. The opposite happens when I slip out of disciplined rhythms or Continue reading
“Lectio Divina means reading the Bible with reverence and openness to what the Spirit is saying to us in the present moment. … Most important is how we read — not to understand or control God, but to be understood and formed by God.”
— Discernment, p. 11
The first Guitars of La Paz was this afternoon. We walked slowly to Grandview Presbyterian, our hands full of guitars in their cases and a box with stands. The kids started to follow us from their houses and we all, like a slow, trickling parade, processed to the church.
We started with Continue reading
I’ve been working on a simple album, a collection of songs recorded in a simple way. They are acoustic sketches that feel like autumn songs. I hope to finish this collection soon.
Some say your value is based on what you can produce. The ability to flood a market, or to provide a revolutionary experience or product determines your relevance. Soon, they gravitate to you for more. Appetites are ready for what you might offer.
This is the first temptation Continue reading
Raw Spirituality is written by Tom Smith, a South African minister whose heart has been formed to truly care about discipleship in the Christian community. He’s seen “discipleship” used as a sales pitch and drives us away from that in his book. He’s given us a good story on discipleship here and the end-of-chapter questions set us into a conversation with the author.
The book is Continue reading
The Wheeling Year has been a study in writing the seasons. But, before writing comes noticing and with noticing comes a metaphor. This is Kooser’s gift and it’s a gift he’s sharing with me in these pages.
The gift doesn’t transfer exactly. I don’t see things like Kooser and may never see them his way. But I feel my eyes opening. Mr. Kooser is showing me how to see. He’s teaching me by sight how to become alive and call out the life that flourishes right where I am.
This is profound spirituality and Kooser is a gentle, soft-spoken prophet of God. “If you have ears, listen. If you have eyes, see.”