Sunday, August 26, 2012

the passionate restraint.

"As i understand it, to say that God is mightily present even in such private events as these does not mean that he makes events happen to us which move us in certain directions like chessmen.  Instead, events happen under their own steam as random as rain, which means that God is present in them not as their cause but as the one who even in the hardest and most hair-raising of them offers us the possibility of that new life and healing which i believe is what salvation is.

The power that created the universe and spun the dragonfly's wing and is beyond all other powers holds back, in love, from overpowering us.  God in his very stillness, holding his breath, loving us all, the only way he can without destroying us.

...the passionate restraint and hush of God."

-frederick buechner.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


"we make ourselves real by telling the truth."

-thomas merton.