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In Uncategorized on February 8, 2005 at 2:36 pm

under the rocks. just around the bend.

“eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. the river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. on some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. i am haunted by waters.”

so ends norman maclean’s classic, a river runs through it. over the past twenty-four hours i have been haunted not by waters, but by words which lie partially submerged in my consciousness and just around the bend of my heart. last night i was so desperate to uncover a few of these words that, ignoring traffic and the curious sounds emitted by a dog in a seatbelt, i read aloud while kellie drove. this morning, sitting alone in my ratty brown chair, more of these words surfaced. if you don’t mind, i would like to share a few of these words with you.

“we like to make a distinction between our private and public lives and say, ‘whatever i do in my private life is nobody else’s business.’ but anyone trying to live a spiritual life will soon discover that the most personal is the most universal, the most hidden is the most public, and the most solitary is the most communal.” ~henri nouwen, bread for the journey, february 23.

“if i were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything i was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: listen to your life. see it for the fathomless mystery that it is. in the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are

key moments, and life itself is grace.” ~frederick buechner, now and then

“religions start, as frost said poems do, with a lump in the throat…to put it mildly…or with a bush going up in flames, a rain of flowers, a dove coming down out of the sky. ‘i have seen things,’ aquinas told a friend, ‘that make all my writings seem like straw.’ most people have seen such things. through some moment of beauty or pain, some sudden turning of their lives, most of them have caught glimmers at least of what the saints were blinded by. only then, unlike the saints, they tend to go on as though nothing has happened.” ~frederick buechner, “mysticism” in wishful thinking

“we must pray that God will teach us to love those we do not like and then to like those he is teaching us to love.” ~jean vanier, community and growth, pg. 40

“now, here is my secret:

i tell it to you with the openness of heart that i doubt i shall ever achieve again, so i pray that you are in a quiet room as you hear these words. my secret is that i need God–that i am sick and can no longer make it alone. i need God to help me give, because i no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as i no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as i seem beyond being able to love.” ~douglas coupland, life after god, pg. 273

thank you for walking with me.

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