… how little we marvel at God, and therefore find it so natural to look for His presence, whereas in reality we ought shyly, hoping for the impossible, ask God to transform, to convert us, before we hope find ourselves in His awesome presence, since every encounter with God, to a greater or lesser degree, is already the last judgement: to find oneself face to face with the living God is something of grave, of fateful consequence.
That’s from Meditations: A Spiritual Journey Through the Parables by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom. He has an amazing way of writing about prayer and spiritual things which leaves me really longing to deepen my prayer life.
Okay, here’s mine. It’s from God at Work by Gene Veith.
[A] calling comes from outside the self. In the church, pastors are called by congregations; that is, their divine call comes to them through the workings of the church as a whole, which selects them, trains them, and ordains them into the ministry. …
[I]n our earthly vocations we must attend to how God is calling us through other people and through the ordinary circumstances of life. …
[O]ur vocation is already here, where we are and what we are doing right now. (pp. 56-57)
I love this idea so much and never get tired of copying something down, even for the second time!
The force behind the movement of time is a mourning that will not be comforted. That is why the first event is known to have been an expulsion, and the last is hoped to be a reconciliation and return. –Marilynne Robinson, Home
As he hurried along, eagerly anticipating the moment when he would be at home again among the things he knew and liked, the Mole saw clearly that he was an animal of tilled field and hedgerow, linked to the plowed furrow, the frequented pasture, the lane of evening lingerings, the cultivated garden-plot. For others the asperities, the stubborn endurance, or the clash of actual conflict, that went with Nature in the rough; he must be wise, must keep to the pleasant places in which his lines were laid and which held adventure enough, in their way, to last for a lifetime. —The Wind in the Willows
The Enemy [God] loves platitudes. Of a proposed course of action He wants men, so far as I can see, to ask very simple questions; is it righteous? is it prudent? is it possible? Now if we can keep men asking ‘Is it in accordance with the general movement of our time? Is it progressive or reactionary? Is this the way that History is going?’ they will neglect the relevant questions. –C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and science. He who does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.”
“The evil habit of seeking God-AND effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. In the ‘and’ lies our great woe. If we omit the ‘and’ we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing.”
-A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
“Hundreds of broad short-stemmed oaks, which had witnessed perhaps the stately march of the Roman soldiery, had flung their gnarled arms over a think carpet of the most delicious green sward, in some places they were intermingled with beeches, hollies, and copsewood of various descriptions, so closely as totally to intercept the level beams of the sinking sun; in others they receded from each other, forming those long sweeping vistas, in the intricacy of which the eye delights to lose itself, while imagination considers them as the paths to yet wilder scenes of sylvan solitude.”
-Walter Scott, Ivanhoe ch. 1
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