Speaking of finding rest for my soul

August 3, 2016 — Leave a comment

“The literal translation of the words ‘pray always’ is ‘come to rest’…This rest, however, has little to do with the absence of conflict or pain. It is a rest in God in the midst of a very intense daily struggle.”
Henri Nouwen in The Way of the Heart


“Evangelicals have a very wordy, heady and busy faith tradition. We emphasize theology and word, knowledge and service. And yet we are starved… for rest, to know God beyond what we can do for him. We are starved for quiet, to hear the sound of sheer silence that is the presence of God himself.”
Ruth Haley Barton in Invitation to Silence


“For the Rushed, Hurried and Afraid of Missing Out“
For I am convinced that neither
traffic, nor long lines;
nor needy children or demanding bosses;
nor crowded calendars, nor unfinished projects;
nor deadlines;
nor impossible expectations of others,
nor unnoticed accomplishments;
nor any other “hurry-up” thing
will be able to separate us from the
{timeless, eternal, enduring, patient, steadfast}
love of God
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paraphrase of Romans 8:38-39 by a recovering hurrier


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