10.19.15–>”Meditation: Feeling Sought”

Psalm 119:15,23,27,48,78,97,99,148

The practice of meditation…puts us in position to be open to God’s search of us…It does not simply help us focus on something else (God’s laws, precepts, or deeds) but facilitates the process by which we focus on Someone Else focusing on us.

It is one thing for God to search. It is quite another for me to feel searched. It requires me to be present, which requires work.

-Curt Thompson Anatomy of the Soul p.176

10.16.15–>”No One Can Hurt Us”

Ultimately, no one can hurt us. We have nothing to lose, because all our treasure is in Christ. This can be a very hard lesson, and it may take a lifetime to learn, but even at the beginning of the journey we can recognize the truth. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” When we are hurt by another, it is because we think that person has stolen some of our treasure. The process of becoming healed and becoming able to offer forgiveness comes with the realization that our real treasure is elsewhere; it is secure where no one can hurt it.

-Frederica Mathewes-Green

10.14.15–>”Contemporary Violence”

There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence…activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence….It kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.

-Thomas Merton

10.13.15–>”Remarkable Effectiveness”

creative prayer

When we read the lives of the saints, we are struck by a certain large leisure which went hand in hand with remarkable effectiveness. They were never hurried; they did comparatively few things, and these not necessarily striking or important; and they troubled very little about their influence. Yet they always seemed to hit the mark; their simplest actions had a distinction, an exquisiteness that suggest the artist. The reason is not so far to seek. Their sainthood lay in their habit of referring the smallest actions to God. They lived in God; they acted from a pure motive of love towards God. They were free from self-regard as from slavery to the good opinion of others. God saw and God rewarded: what else did they need? They possessed God and possessed themselves in God. Hence the inalienable dignity of the meek, quiet figures that seem to produce such marvelous effects with such humble materials.

-from Creative Prayer