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Saved by Grace through Faith

“And when Jesus quoted Isaiah, who wrote that all shall be taught of God, he likewise meant all. And, get this: I think when Jesus called God father, he may have envisioned God as rabbi, teacher and parent as one. Pouring honey across slate, so you can learn to love, and love to learn.”

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Unfeignedness

“We do not exercise the disciplines of Lent because we are afraid God might not be merciful – and we must compel God’s presence into our lives by piety – or by fooling God into believing that we really are good enough – but because God can be nothing but merciful. God has a proprietary interest in you, living between your bone and soul.”

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The Seventh Day

“Worship, meaning to turn attention to concentration and consecration, to turn aside not only from tasks, but from myself. Worship, which explains why silence in communion is so … simultaneously emptying and filling.”

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Rose Petals

“I write all of this to add memorial upon memorial, but also because I think dignity, these days, is so seldom accorded. Dignity, the simple dignity of being a child of God, a creature of the earth, and a soul of the universe.”

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Advent Dark – Solidarity

“Yesterday, the Anne Frank Human Rights memorial in Boise was defaced by swastikas and threatening signs. Our Jewish sisters and brothers are understandably afraid, angry, and exhausted.”

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Devotion

“There is only one reason for the monk’s existence: not farming, not chanting the psalms … not fasting, not manual labor, not reading, not meditation, not vigils in the night, but only God.” (Thomas Merton)

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Carved

‘God is not nearly as afraid of our life in the wilderness as we are.  Because the wilderness carves a person. Changes her. Forces him to take account, to consider himself. To become yourself more fully.’

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Fairy Tale

“‘I don’t know why it should affect me in this way. Perhaps, it reminds me that life really is a beautiful fairy tale.'” (from The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg)

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Weeds and Kingdom

“And therein lies the irony. We pray to God to accomplish the weeding while God prays to us to accomplish the weeding. Both And.”

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Fish’n

“Try as I might to treat my fishing as prayer, to maintain centered focus, I think it was not I but God who was praying. True, enough – there has not been a day in my life spent outdoors that did not feel like a day spent in prayer. To paraphrase the apostle, I find it impossible to peek into the heavens without experiencing the Divine. God was with me, I’m sure of it, but not so much in the bobber of my concentration as above me. In the eagle. In the hawk and osprey. Along the shore, in the deer. Watching me curiously.”

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