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Wine to gladden the heart

Wine to gladden the heart

It was late.  I was tired, sitting out in the warmth of the summer night.  The men had been drinking.  Good wine, it was.  Everyone was happy.  A wedding is always cause for celebration, the joining of two families, the promise of babies.  And just as oil makes faces shine, so wine gladdens the heart. … Continue reading

Friend, yes.  And slave, yes.

Friend, yes. And slave, yes.

He called me friend, that Man.  He called me friend and I thought I knew. No longer slave, for I know what the Master is doing.  Friend, because all that he has heard from the Father is now made known to me.  He holds nothing back, itself a mystery beyond fathom. I am friend, his … Continue reading

I played my cards

I played my cards

I played my cards, I said. She knew what I meant.  I’d used that worldly-wise part of me.  That part which knows when you’re playing games.  That part which ill-tolerates being taken for a fool.  I’d smiled the sweetest of smiles and I’d countered his check with a checkmate. I’d enjoyed playing my cards too, truth … Continue reading

Losing heart

Losing heart

We have this ministry and so we do not lose heart. We are the glory-carriers.  The ones whose eyes have been opened.  Who have seen the light which shines out of darkness.  We have seen the glory of God in the face of Christ.  And, beholding that glory, we are transformed from one degree of glory … Continue reading

Wilderness shut-in

Wilderness shut-in

It caught me unawares as the Scripture sometimes does.  Wilderness, perhaps, the word which snagged on the edges of my consciousness.  Or shut them in.  For I have felt like that too. But I was not expecting to be caught on this verse of Exodus 14.  No, I was running ahead to the verse about the LORD fighting.  Only … Continue reading

Learning to see

Learning to see

…we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.  For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Sometimes what is real is not Real.  What is seen is not what is.  Because there is a difference between the actual and the Real. … Continue reading

Naming for reframing

Naming for reframing

Naming reality and then reframing it. I’ve done a lot of that again this week.  In conversation after unplanned conversation.  And as I’ve done so, I’ve heard that whisper which might be God’s.  A tendril of thought, drawing my attention to what it is that I do and to how others respond. In the midst … Continue reading

Land unknown and unfamiliar

Land unknown and unfamiliar

Spiritual direction is an art, a creative process by which, together, we dare to imagine wild and exciting new possibilities for ourselves and God’s world.  It is a dangerous business because it involves the transgression of limits and our entering into the unknown and unfamiliar. Alan Jones, Exploring Spiritual Direction. The last twelve months I’ve certainly … Continue reading

I love and he is love

I love and he is love

She loves.  He is love.  She is thirsty.  He is a fountain. Bernard de Clairvaux on the Song of Songs. I’ve found myself entangled again lately with the Song.  It’s crept into my readings of Scripture.  Ostensibly I’m reading Matthew.  That’s what I’d say if you asked.  But the truth is that I’ve been reading … Continue reading

After Cherith

After Cherith

After Cherith would it ever be the same again? Days of blistering heat and boredom, nights of bitter cold and silence.  This had been Cherith.  Temptation constant to escape the silent lonely.  Hidden from the plots of men – yet somehow not the strife of tongues.  Voices in the prophet’s mind relentless.  Incessantly crying for … Continue reading