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Why monastic? - There is well-being (healing) in the quietness. "Be still and know I am God." Ps 46:10

Friday, August 31, 2012

So There I Was..

We throw a reunion once a year, a party with lots of good food (and good folks & friends!!) This year, when it was getting late, someone had built up a bonfire, some of us were looking up at the stars to see if any clouds were moving in. There weren't many clouds, but just then playing from The Moody Blues' song "Nights in White Satin" was the line, "Oh.. how I lo-ove you.." So there I was, towards the end of a blessed and very pleasant day, looking into and past the stars singing "Ohh.. howw I lo-ove You.." :))

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

By Philips Brooks, Late 1800's

"All truly consecrated men" (man and wo-man of course!) "learn little by little that what they are consecrated to is not joy or sorrow, but a divine idea, and a profound obedience, which can find their full outward expression, not in joy, and not in sorrow, but in the mysterious and inseparable mingling of the two."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wonderful Little Things

I've had some wonderful experiences with God - one time on a visit home, nine of us close family members went to a small outdoor ZZ Top concert. The first couple of songs, they sounded just a little bit rusty, but then they sang the line "Jesus just left Chicago.." and from then on they were dynamite! Sang all their old great songs.. "Cheap Sunglasses".. "Sharp Dressed Man".. We had a blast!
- Later, after my trip and at home, reflecting on my time there and being thankful, I thought "Gee Lord, I didn't make much room for you.. didn't draw you into the days and around us enough during my visit home.." But right then, coming to my mind, and clear as day, I heard the lines and music "Jesus just left Chicago.." ..."You might not see Him in person, but he'll be there just the sa-ame.." :))

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Will God Lose Lucifer?

~ Colossians 1:20, New King James Version (NKJV)
"..by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross."
 ~ Colossians 1:20, Contemporary English Version (CEV)
"And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God."
~ Isaiah 14:12,11, New King James Version (NKJV)
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! Your pomp is brought down to Sheol" (translation="the grave") "And the sound of your stringed instruments; The maggot is spread under you, And worms cover you."
~ All the people were born after Adam and Eve and inherited their imperfect nature. (To turn from God in any teeny, tiny way is to turn from Perfection - which is God - and away from Life, which too is God.- So God sent "the Firstborn of all creation" to rescue us with His 'paid in full for all of us, death upon the cross'. His totally innocent death overcoming death.
~ Therefor we get to thank God for His rescuing us from death. Yet also (for a time) we get to thank Him for death (as an impersonal thing that is) because if it hadn't come to be, it would mean we had all been created as robots or (perhaps?) as forever very small children.
- - Perfection makes no mistakes.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

On Being Monastic

It's not "being" a hermit (these days).. it's having the mind set of one. To live in the moment, giving thanks for everything throughout one's day.. A consciousness of pursuing Him.. of loving Him.. through praise and thanksgiving.. (post#144,rev7:4,9)