Tag Archives: Gratitude

An Invitation to What Matters

My Work is Loving the World Mary Oliver My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled … Continue reading

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We Give Them Back to Thee

“I think that the dying pray at the last not, ‘please,’ but ‘thank you’ as a guest thanks his host at that door.”     Annie Dillard This favourite line from Annie Dillard is a recurring theme reminding me to be … Continue reading

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The Place of Suffering to the Soul

“… If you ask people who don’t believe in God why they don’t, the number one reason will be suffering,” says John Ortberg “… If you ask people who believe in God when they grew most spiritually, the number one … Continue reading

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Three Days of Prayer: (3) Today – The Waves

The 3rd of Three Days of Prayer by Kathy Sperling: Today – The Waves Today – The waves A voracious beckoning Enter in, enter in, enter in, They envelop my feet I cannot resist this caress Immersing myself in this … Continue reading

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An Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace is a novel that begins: “It was a summer in which death, in visitation, assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder. You might think I remember that summer as tragic and I do but not completely so. My … Continue reading

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Prayer and Gratitude

Adolf Schlatter (1852-1938), was one of Germany’s premier Biblical Theologians, but is lesser known to Western readers.  In 1923 he wrote the following about prayer – and may we continue to be ready learners in this age: “Since prayer is that act … Continue reading

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Oceans of Joy!

The title of C.S. Lewis’ autobiography, “Surprised by Joy,” is taken from the first line of a William Wordsworth poem that goes, “Surprised by joy, impatient as the wind.” Joy is the great theme of the gospel from the beginning when … Continue reading

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