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The Idea of God

The Idea of God

When you say God, you don’t really mean God.  You mean your idea of God, or, to put it another way, you mean God as not-God.  I say that because whatever we say about God is more unlike who God is than saying nothing.  And so, where do you begin?  Well, all that...

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Choices

Choices

It is amazing the number of choices we make in a day.  Small things like, should I work-out and get some exercise or get comfy on the couch with a good movie?  Do I want chicken for dinner or should I have fish? Clean the garage?  No, I dont' think so.  But there...

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On the edge of autumn

On the edge of autumn

September has a strange and wonderful feeling. It is the best part of the summer and the hardest part of the summer. Just when summer gets perfect—fresh nights, soft sun, casual breezes, crushingly full and quietly cooling trees, empty beaches and free weekends—it...

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Enough

Enough

Become the one you are waiting for. You have searched, secretly believing that there must be more … that somehow, you were not enough. In letting go of the burden of truth, another empty promise, you have arrived here … There is no ground behind you on which to...

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How God Works

How God Works

To fully understand is always to stand under and let things have their way with you. If God wants to work in you, God has to do it secretly, in darkness. God can't let you know what's going on, because you're likely to get in the way! You may try to engineer the...

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Symeon’s Hymn 15

Symeon’s Hymn 15

As Christ awakens our bodies There I look down and my poor hand is Christ, He enters my foot and is infinitely me. I move my hand and wonderfully My hand becomes Christ, Becomes all of Him. I move my foot and at once He appears in a flash of lightning. Do my words...

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God’s silence

God’s silence

Silence has become God’s final defense against our idolatry.  By limiting our speech, God gets some relief from our descriptive assaults.  By hiding within a veil of glory, God eludes our projections.  God deflects our attempts at control by withdrawing into...

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