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The rope has been cut

The rope has been cut

The rope has been cut. Without great fanfare, the boat drifts from the pier.  No outboard motor.  No sail.  Just the pull of the currents, the eddying water. No one there to wave the boat off.  No one to journey through.  Just the boat and its occupants.  So much left behind in this wager, a wager which might … 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

A strength learned

A strength learned

The measure of strength as a virtue of character is not how much pressure one can exert against others but how much stress one can absorb without breaking apart.  The strong person is not impervious to pain but persevering in purpose. Ray Anderson, Soulprints I have learned about strength over recent months.  I have learned … Continue reading

A cushion in the bottom of the boat

A cushion in the bottom of the boat

A wet night on the lake.  Everything is out of control.  And I chose to be here. The wind is high, the boat filling with water.  All around me, the disciples are panicking.  They are running around, trying to fix it.  And I’m watching them, but really I’m watching you.  You, there, in the bottom … Continue reading

A grace wilder and more violent

A grace wilder and more violent

This is a wilder grace, and one more violent.  Over the last three months, I have prayed the same prayer three or four times a week, each time on my handmade prayer stool.  I have asked God to help me submit willingly to what seems like barrenness, knowing that the grace of God first kills before it makes … Continue reading

In thrall to the cares of life?

In thrall to the cares of life?

Crazy Busy.  What a great title for a book.  Shame Kevin DeYoung got there first! That aside, listen to this which he writes in the context of the parable in Mark 4:1-20 about the seed falling among thorns which strangle the life of the plant which sprouts: For most of us, it isn’t heresy or … Continue reading

In pursuit of an un-busy heart

In pursuit of an un-busy heart

Jesus…loves people and has the power to help, so he has one interruption after another.  If Jesus lived today, his cell phone would be ringing constantly. The quest for a contemplative life can actually be self-absorbed, focused on my quiet and me.  If we love people and have the power to help, then we are … Continue reading

The boldness that can handle a no

The boldness that can handle a no

I have no fear anytime, anywhere asking God for anything, because I have seen him do things that are inexplicable in human terms…  But sometimes you pray for the sun to stand still, and the sun sets.  I’m convinced, though, that the same boldness that’s required to ask God for big things can handle it … Continue reading

And so to the water again

And so to the water again

And so to the water again. Four weeks of beautiful emptiness, an unopened diary and no cares.  Four weeks of book after book after book.  Four weeks of no diary reminders popping up on my phone, eating too much and just being.  Four weeks of sunshine?  Well, no…this is England, after all! Four weeks of … Continue reading