Days In The Desert, Poems, Quotes

Desert Day 15: Stop Worrying …

So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of… Continue reading Desert Day 15: Stop Worrying …

Quotes

Depression and The Spiritual Journey …

This experience called “depression” is isolating to a greater extent than I imagined could be survivable, but I realize that this incredibly isolating experience ultimately reconnected me with the human community in a deeper, wider, and richer way. — Parker J. Palmer from Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression The Mystery of Depression Learn… Continue reading Depression and The Spiritual Journey …

Quotes, Reflections, Seasons

Keeping Advent Simple …

Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming".  It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, thus there is some variation in its length. Advent is traditionally a season of expectation and hope.  And yet, it often… Continue reading Keeping Advent Simple …

Quotes

Life Has Not Forgotten You … It Holds You In Its Hand …

How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in… Continue reading Life Has Not Forgotten You … It Holds You In Its Hand …

Quotes

The Desert …

The prospect of this wilderness is something that so appalls most people that they refuse to enter upon its burning sands and travel among its rocks. They cannot believe that contemplation and sanctity are to be found in a desolation where there is no food, and no shelter, and no refreshment for their imagination and… Continue reading The Desert …

Poems, Quotes

Let’s Try Something (Adventures in New Testament Greek: Nous) …

You could almost think the word synonymous with mind, given our so far narrow history, and the excessive esteem in which we have been led to hold what is, in this case, our rightly designated nervous systems. Little wonder then that some presume the mind itself both part and parcel of the person, the very… Continue reading Let’s Try Something (Adventures in New Testament Greek: Nous) …

Prayers, Quotes

Prayer Against Anxiety and Depression …

Lord, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love. Bless us with your strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall… Continue reading Prayer Against Anxiety and Depression …