WAKING UP PRAYER
O Comforter! Within me as I drink my tea
Jesus! Sunlight! Offering this new morning
God of all small pleasures! Present cheerily
Three-in-One in this glad day …
God of new beginnings,
I embrace today
Jesus! Healer! Friend!
Come sit beside me
Spirit give me power to dance
Your merry Way
O Gentle Three-in-One
Ho! Ho! What a morning!
—Celtic prayer, by Sharon Morgan
TOO HARD FOR SOME
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
—G. K. Chesterton in
What's Wrong with the World
… you can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
—Anne Lamott in
Bird by Bird
THE DESCENT OF MAN
Art is a reflection of a society's most profound aspirations. … Cultures exalt their highest ideals. In the Middle Ages, it was the divine. For the 18th and 19th centuries, it was Man as Promethean hero. Today, it's the depraved, life as a freak show. Our cultural mavens wallow in the sordid, celebrate the nauseating, dwell on their imaginary persecution.
—Columnist Don Feder in the
(July 27, 1993)
CHRISTIANITY ISN'T COMPLICATED
Just think, every promise God has ever made finds its fulfillment in Jesus. God doesn't just give us grace, He gives us Jesus, the Lord of grace. If it's peace, it's only found in Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Even life itself is found in the Resurrection and the Life. Christianity isn'tall that complicated … it's Jesus.
—Joni Eareckson Tada in
Lamp Unto My Feet
LETTING GOD BE GOD Humility is facing the truth. It is useful to remind myself that the word itself comes from humus, earth, and in the ...1