From My Reading – April

  “What I began to see was that the Bible is not essentially, as I had always more or less supposed, a book of ethical principles, of moral exhortations, of cautionary tales about exemplary people, of uplifting thoughts—in fact, not really a religious book at all in the sense that most of the books you would be apt to find in a minister’s study or reviewed in a special religion issue of the New York Times book section are religious. I saw it instead as a great, tattered compendium of writings, the underlying and unifying purpose of all of which is to show how God works through the Jacobs and Jabboks of history to make himself known to the world and to draw the world back to himself” (Frederick Buechner, Now and Then.)

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One reason that cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers” (Gwendolyn Brooks).

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“Speaking about religion and race in 1963, [Abraham Heschel opened], “At the first summit on religion and race, the main participants were Pharaoh and Moses,” continuing, “racism is satanism, unmitigated evil.” Having fled Nazi Germany he knew all too well that racism diminishes our humanity, denies God as the creator, and shatters every principle of the Bible. He understood the systemic nature of racism, how it is institutionalized in an economy that forces some people into horrendous poverty, and in laws that function as barriers to guaranteed rights of education, housing, and medical care” (Susannah Heschel in Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, Essays by Abraham Joshua Heschel)

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I realize  that there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go” (Jeffrey McDaniel).

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“I rarely see a sermon that lacks specificity on sin but that is great at propping up instances of grace.  It is almost always the other way around.  But we all need those boosts of seeing grace in action.  Because when a sermon or just an ordinary news story displays for us glimmers of shalom and vignettes of grace, our hearts sing.  Our pulses quicken.  And there’s a reason: God made us for exactly this” (Scott Hoezee in a blog post on The Reformed Journal:  The Twelve, February 16, 2021).

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“Jesus teaches his disciples through his lifestyle, a kind of “seminary of life.” He takes them with him (Mark 1:16–20) and watching him, they learn the cycle and rhythm of his life, as he moves from prayer and solitude to teaching and service in community. [As] crowds got to know him, they went after him.]  Can’t you just see the apostles standing at Jesus’ side, watching him, noticing how he does things: how he talks to people, how he waits, how he listens, how he’s patient, how he depends upon God, how he takes time for prayer, how he doesn’t respond cynically or bitterly, but trustfully and yet truthfully? Can you imagine a more powerful way to learn?” (Richard Rohr in Daily Meditation for February 21, 2021)                 

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“Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence” (Rachel Naomi Remen).

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 “Every year you grow, you will find me bigger,” (Aslan, the Great Lion, C.S. Lewis).

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1 Response to From My Reading – April

  1. poetry236 says:

    Thank you! Each quote is a gem.

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