Hi friends--passing along a quote today that was sent to me last week.
....thought you might like it.
Henri Nouwen wrote in Reaching out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life
"As hard as it is to believe that the dry desolate desert can yield endless varieties of flowers, it is equally hard to imagine that our loneliness is hiding unknown beauty. The movement from loneliness to solitude, however, is the beginning of any spiritual life because it is the movement from the restless senses to the restful spirit, from the outward-reaching cravings to the inward-reaching search, from the fearful clinging to the fearless play." (p34)
Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471) wrote the classic devotional work, The Imitation of Christ; which is second only to the Bible in terms of it's impact worldwide on the development of Christian Life.
Recently, this excerpt really struck me and we used it during our last class on Ephesians.
Four Things that Bring Peace to the Soul (p 139)
My son, now I shall teach you the truest way of peace and of perfect liberty.
These challenges seem incredulous to our ears today, and likely did to his contemporaries as well!
Does your soul need some peace today? How might these guides serve you, counter-cultural as they are?
If you'd like to go deeper in Soul Searching, you can get the book or even listen in on the class at Willow Creek from Fall 2008.
During our class at Willow Creek last night, I drew from five GREAT quotes related to the value of Scripture for our lives... posted here for you to enjoy, too.
"Scripture is like a river, broad and deep, shallow enough here for the lamb to go wading, but deep enough there for the elephant to swim." Gregory the Great (540 - 604AD) Moratia in Iob, Book 1
"Even when carrying out needful tasks, keep meditating inwardly and praying. Thus you can grasp the depths of divine Scripture and the power hidden in it, and 'pray without ceasing'." Abba Philimon (late 6th century?) The Philokalia, Volume Two
"Reading seeks for the sweetness of a blessed life, meditation perceives it, prayer asks for it, contemplation tastes it." Guigo H (d. 1188) The Ladder of Monks
"In our meditation we ponder the chosen text on the strength of the promise that it has something utterly personal to say to us for this day and for our Christian life." Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945) Life Together
Source: The Spiritual Formation Bible, published by Upper Room ministries, 1999, www.upperroom.org (not in print)