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Where You Live Defines Your Life The New Testament consequently employs the Greek word psuche for both “soul” and “soul life.” Hence we know “soul” not only is one of the three elements of man but also is man’s life, his natural life. In many places in the Bible, “soul” is translated as “life.” Watchman Nee – The Spiritual Man, circa 1920, copyright 1968 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Training Takes Place in the Trenches The saint who has been severely tested is best equipped to help other suffering saints. The best drill sergeant is not the general behind the desk but the man who has served in the front line of battle. William Gurnall – The Christian in Complete Armour – Volume 1 of 3, circa 1655, copyright 1986 by World Challenge, Inc.
They Are All My Children A story relayed to me about my uncle Barry as he sat on a park bench next to a woman who expressed her heaviness regarding her lack of significance to God: “Can you tell the difference between one blue Jay and another?” “No,” she replied. “Well,” he continued, “neither does God see a difference in all his children.” Tom Van Hoogen
Thy Will Be Done… in Thy Time There are others who become vexed with themselves when they observe their own imperfections. When this happens, they display an impatience that is unlike humility. They grow very impatient about it, as if they were trying to become saints in a day…. This happens because they do not have the patience to wait for that which God will give to them when it pleases Him to do so. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560, copyright 2007 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Speaking the Language of Our Daddy The schema of the Lords Prayer has taught us that we must tirelessly seek this condition when it says: “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9). When, therefore, we confess with our own voice that the God and Lord of the universe is our Father, we profess that we have in fact been admitted from our servile condition into an adopted sonship… “This prayer, then, although it seems to contain the utter fullness of perfection in as much as it was instituted and established on the authority of the Lord himself, nonetheless raises his familiars to that condition which we characterized previously as more sublime. It leads them by a higher stage to that fiery and, indeed, more properly speaking, wordless prayer which is known and experienced by very few. This transcends all human understanding and is distinguished not, I would say, by a sound of the voice or a movement of the tongue or a pronunciation of words. Rather, the mind is aware of it when it is illuminated by an infusion of heavenly light from it, and not by narrow human words, and once the understanding has been suspended it gushes forth as from a most abundant fountain and speaks ineffably to God, producing more in that very brief moment than the self-conscious mind is able to articulate easily or to reflect upon. John Cassian – Conferences 9 and 10 circa 400; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Sin, The Cause of Death Independence of one another is natural; independence of God is sin. Chambers, Oswald: Biblical Ethics. Hants UK : Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1996, c1947
Beyond Your Wildest Imagination God is the only theologian who knows the truth about God. Not one of us can possess complete knowledge of infinite divinity and express it in words. “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding” (Judges 13:18). We are simply too limited to unveil infinity. We use all the language at our disposal. What we say may be true enough. Without a doubt, God is all these things, but he is more than all these things. Francis de Sales – Treatise on the Love of God – circa 1616; edited by Bernard Bangley © 2003
Unrequired Duties Untie my hands and deliver my heart from sloth. Set me free from the laziness that goes about disguised as activity when activity is not required of me, and from the cowardice that does what is not demanded, in order to escape sacrifice. Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation, ©1961 by the Abbey of Gethsemani, Inc.
Deeply Disturbed The prophets use of emotional and imaginative language, concrete in diction, rhythmical in movement, artistic in form, marks his style as poetic. Yet it is not the sort of poetry that takes its origin, to use Wordsworth s phrase, from emotion recollected in tranquility. Far from reflecting a state of inner harmony or poise, it is charged with agitation, anguish, and a spirit of nonacceptance. The prophets concern is not with nature but with history, and history is devoid of poise. Abraham Joshua Heschel – The Prophets © 1962 by Abraham Joshua Heschel, published by Hendrickson Publishers
Holding Back the Competition It is the same way with your soul. When the Christian has become calm and peaceful in prayer, he frequently sinks into a sort of mystical sleep; or to put it another way, the powers of his soul are completely at rest. It is here, at this point, that you begin to be introduced to yet a deeper level of experience. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
Come Apart Before You Come Apart We cannot go through life strong and fresh on express trains, with ten minutes for lunch. We must have quiet hours, secret places of the Most High, times of waiting upon the Lord, when we renew our strength and learn to mount up on wings as eagles, and then come back, to run and not be weary, and to walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31)…. The best thing about this stillness is that it gives God a chance to work. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos