"Best of any song is bird song in the quiet, but first you must have the quiet." (Wendell Berry)
One idea that has helped me with prayer more than almost any other comes from a Norwegian Christian named Ole Hallesby. In his classic book, simply called Prayer, I first encountered this idea: "Prayer is simply helplessness combined with faith." Hallesby says more to help us understand this simple, yet profound truth: "Prayer and helplessness […]
A great German thinker named Meister Eckhart said, "God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by subtracting." I remember where I was when I first read this line. I was lying on my couch reading the book in which it was contained. Ever have one of these moments? The whole world […]
Christians have such a weird relationships with hard emotions. I think it is because we often are led to believe that expressing sadness, disappointment, anger, or fear means that we don't trust God, we don't believe God is good; that we are somehow failing God by being less than perfectly cheerful every day of our lives. […]
It is my favorite time of the summer. Work has not yet picked up to full speed. My adult kids are not here using our house as home base as they transition from place to place. My soul is settled. My heart is quiet. My breathing is deeper, slower. I could sit for hours on […]
"We need not get frantic. God is at the helm. And when our little day is done we lie down quietly in peace, for all is well." (Thomas Kelly)
At times, poetry speaks more eloquently than any other form of speech. Mary Oliver's poem - Of The Empire - is an example: "We will be known as a culture that feared death and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity for the few and cared little for the penury of the many. We will […]
There is sometimes a perception that because I have been a pastor for the past 20 years and have been counseling at least as long, that I have my whole life together.
But honestly, that’s not always the case.
I struggle with many of the same things that you do, and that’s one of the reasons I write Alice at Dawn. So that we can tackle those questions together.