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  • Alan shared from A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation by Martin Laird
    Spirituality is champagne for the ego. Cork after cork pops as ego guzzles enthusiastically while reading up on what phase of the spiritual life it is in, what doorways of prayer it has pranced through; or it insists that it is “spiritual, not religious,” or “religious, not spiritual”—whatever the trendy sound bite of the day is that will keep it at the center of all drama or trauma. Ego does not have to be unpleasant or tiresome, but it does need to be center stage. Ego, therefore, does not take boredom lying down. It has a way of stealing the keys to the car so that it can drive excitedly,...
    Note: This is so convicting. My "flesh" finds ways to get in the middle even if my praying.
  • Alan shared from The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential by N. T. Wright
    It may be impossible to “sing YHWH’s song” in this foreign land, but this particular psalmist turns this impossibility itself into yet another of “YHWH’s songs,” thus making a psalm out of the fact that one can’t sing psalms here. If that reminds us of Israel’s greatest prophet sensing himself utterly abandoned by God and yet still able to ask God why he has abandoned him, that is probably part of the point.)
    Note: Enjoying this book immensely.
  • Alan shared from Abide by Marcina Wiederkehr OSB
    Learn to abide! Remain in Christ as Christ remains in you. Be like a sponge. Soak up the Word of God. Absorb it. Make the Word your home. Live in the Word! Abide! Dwell! Inhabit! Reside! Trust the deepening places.
    Note: Love this word on abiding that I read on this morning walk. Go Kindle on iPhone!
  • Alan shared from The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation by N. T. Wright
    30So if God gives that sort of clothing even to the grass in the field, which is here today and on the bonfire tomorrow, isn’t he far more likely to clothe you too, you little-faith lot?
    Note: Such a simple good reminder this morning.
(Mission Viejo, CA USA)
Alan J. Fadling