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Month: February 2018

For the asking

For the asking

And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to…

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Everyday life

Everyday life

It’s just in the very corner of everyday life where God has put us, that this [death of the self] can take place, and the surrounding influences can have their share in bringing down to death the old nature. It is no mystical, imaginary world that draws out the latent forms of self, but the commonplace, matter-of-fact world around us. Lilias Trotter

A surprise

A surprise

Sometimes the answered prayer comes as a surprise. Unexpected, but not for lack of faith, lack of confidence in God’s ability to answer; rather, the surprise comes from the forgetfulness I so easily slip in to. It’s a semi-conscious state that I live in for much of the time: the mundane and urgent tasks order my day and fill my head and my heart, leaving little room for anything that does not demand my attention now. Conversation with God — a…

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On Sweeping, Confession, and Progress

On Sweeping, Confession, and Progress

Tonight I swept, for the third time today, the dining room and kitchen floors. First I used our large, angled broom to gather the food, both crumbs and larger chunks thrown from the high chair; the shavings of colored pencils carefully sharpened; the scraps of paper from a craft project; and stray pieces of grass and leaves tramped in from outside. Then, wielding the small brush, I knelt down to coax the gatherings into the dustpan. I sighed, as I…

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