The one who prays correctly never doubts that the prayer will be answered, even if the very thing for which one prays is not given. For we are to lay our need before God in prayer but not prescribe to God a measure, manner, time, or place. We must leave that to God, for He may wish to give it to us in another, perhaps better, way than we think is best. Frequently we do not know what to pray as St. Paul says in Romans 8, and we know that God's ways are above all that we can ever understand.
(Martin Luther, Table Talk, in Flowers Along the Path, Esther Carls Dodgen, p. 278)
One of the experiences of prayer is that it seems that nothing happens. But when you start with it and look back over a long period of prayer, you suddenly realize that something has happened. What is most close, most intimate, most present, often cannot be experienced directly but only with a certain distance. When I think that I am only distracted, just wasting my time, something is happening too immediate for knowing, understanding, and experiencing. Only in retrospect do I realize that something very important has taken place.
(Henri J. Nouwen, The Genesee Diary, found in Flowers Along The Path by Esther Carls Dodgen, , p. 276)
Father, please help me recognize my blessings for what they are ─ a gift from You.
I pray for a thankful heart and the grace to always recognize Your hand in my life.
(Especially For You, 16 March)
22 January 2016
The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived ... We live as spiritual people when we live as people seeking God. If we are to become spiritual, we must remain human.
(Thomas Merton, 7 May, Peace Flowing Like A Gentle River)
12 January 2016
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 21 October)
8 January 2016
I try very hard to go easy on the firm conclusions. These days I settle for feeling only 85% sure about most things, most of the time. I believe that is keeping me sane, and I also believe that it's keeping me human. In fact, I'm 85% sure of it.
(Elizabeth Gilbert, writer, in Words That Matter, by the Editors of The Oprah Magazine, page 101)
We have been given a gift of a new day, a new year -- a new life!
The past is truly past, and we look forward to this new year and our new growth -- which comes through living honestly, open-mindedly and willingly, one day at a time. May I look forward to this New Year and live it one day at a time. May I not dwell on the past or future, but only on this day, Your gift to me.
(Anonymous, This New Day, 1 January)
1 January 2016
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