You know that feeling when you realize you’re really letting people into your life in ways that feel like life-long, even eternal, hemming in. I feel like this is happening with people I’ve known for a while as well as people I’ve only met within the last few months, people who live in State College and people who don’t. It’s not even because we share similar interests or anything, but just because I’m simply so much more open to it, and simply because God is tearing down the last few walls of my heart and letting the people who have been waiting there come rushing in.
Let your singing drive you to the Scriptures & the Scriptures drive you back to singing.
Jesus didn’t suffer so that we wouldn’t have to suffer in this life, but so that when we do suffer, it will make us more like him.
even while we wait…
what is a person?
Though Augustine knew firsthand the strangling power of sordid desire, he never suggested we abandon desire. Augustine knew that humans could not give up wanting, that central to human identity was our capacity for desire. Instead, he argued for its re-formation. “The whole of the good Christian is a holy longing,” Augustine wrote in one of his sermons. We are creatures made to love, so let us, then, learn to love what is most lovely—Christ.
oh, that He would increase and we would decrease
It seems that today we have reduced all spiritual life down to a simple process of following the rules - and limited the immensity of the life of the soul to a process similar to that of laboratory mice running through a maze by tripping switches and opening doors.
It seems that today we are trading the glory for an escape from the pain - eager to avoid suffering no matter what we lose.
What of the “dark night of the soul”?What of the God of the Psalms? - the God who passed His own through fire and blood and the bitterness of utter emptiness and despair.What of the God whose treasures are too valuable to be so lightly bestowed as we would like to believe?
God desires for us to know His glory, but also wants us to know that the path of the spirit cannot be learned through the mind or by any mechanical theory. God’s world is a spiritual world and we begin to understand the spiritual pathway that leads there when we come to places where all our theories don’t fit. Only as we reach the place where “only God is left” can we start to find that higher realm where He quickens and where He teaches.
"Thy Kingdom come on earth" is, I believe, not only (and not first) for the world around but for the earth which we are - our lives! When He sheds the Light of His Presence within then we can “arise, shine” in the world which surrounds us.
As our desire leads us to press on through the darkness of the things not yet made manifest, God will cause us to know deep within how sure is His grace, how certain is His fulfillment. What we are, and what our world is, will disappear as we find ourselves in Him. The God whom we have known “graven in words and theories” will disappear and we will find our wondering eyes beholding Him as He is.
Ravenhill, “Looking in the Mirror”