"Hiddenness is an essential quality of the spiritual life.
Solitude, silence, ordinary tasks, being with people
without great agendas, sleeping, eating, working, playing...
all of that without being different from others,
that is the life that Jesus lived
and the life he asks us to live.
It is in hiddenness that we,
like Jesus, can increase
"in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God
and with people" (Luke 2:51).
It is in hiddenness that we can find
a true intimacy with God and a true love for people.
Even during his active ministry, Jesus continued to return to hidden places to be alone with God. If we don't have a hidden life with God, our public life for God cannot bear fruit."
Henri J. NouwenRead More
Lord In Your Mercy Hear Our Prayer!Read More
Are you ready to listen to His voice - to sit and trust that in solitude He will speak to you?Read More
"God, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.
I'm an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I'm never out of your sight.
You know everything I'm going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you're there,
then up ahead and you're there, too-
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful-
I can't take it all in!
Psalm 139:1-6 (MSG)Read More
Happy 4th of July! As you begin this Independence Day, might you spend some time with these scriptures which remind us what freedom in God means and in a prayer created for this day.Read More
"Learn to check the appearance of your soul every day
just as willingly as you check your physical appearance."Read More
“Grant me, O Lord,
To know what is worth knowing
To love what is worth loving
To praise what delights you most
To value what is precious in your sight
To hate what is offensive to you.
May I search out and do what pleases you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord."
--Thomas A' KempisRead More
"Intuitively, we know that it is important
to spend time in solitude.
We even start looking forward
to this strange period of uselessness.
The discipline of solitude allows us gradually
to come in touch
with this hopeful presence
of God in our lives, and allows us also to taste even now
the beginnings of the joy and peace that belong
to the new heaven and the new earth."
--Henri NouwenRead More
Burnout - generally understood as reduced interest and productivity in one's work precipitated by overwork - can now be classified as a diagnosable condition, according to the World Health Organization.Read More
"He who does not see God in the next person he meets,
need look no further."
"Margin is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed.
It is something held in reserve for contingencies
or unanticipated situations.
Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion,
the space between breathing freely and suffocating.
It is the leeway we once had between ourselves and our limits."
--Dr. Richard SwensonRead More
"If we don't come apart for a while,
we will come apart after awhile."