Tuesday, December 25, 2012

deep beneath our asking.

"How can we pray to you, holy and hidden God, whose ways are not our ways, who reigns in awful mystery beyond the realm of space and time?  Yet how can we not pray to you, Mighty Father, who knows what it is to be man because you have walked among us as man, breaking with us the bread of our affliction and drinking deep of the cup of despair? 

Hear, O God, the prayers of all your children everywhere: for forgiveness and healing, for courage, for faith; prayers for peace among the desperate nations. Whether you give or withhold what we ask, whether you answer us in words that burn like fire or in silence that burns like fire, increase us in the knowledge that you are always more near to us than breathing, that your will for us is love.

And deep beneath our asking, so deep beneath that we are all but deaf to it ourselves, hear, O God, the secret song of every human heart praising you for being what you are, rejoicing with the morning stars that you are our God and we are your children.  Make strong and wild this secret song within until it bursts forth at last to your glory and our saving.

Through Jesus Messiah our Lord.


-a prayer by frederick buechner.

Monday, December 24, 2012


"how silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given..."

Sunday, December 23, 2012

on earth as it is in heaven.

"Our task is to seek and find Christ in our world as it is, not as it might be.  The fact that the world is other than it might be does not alter the truth that Christ is present in it and that His plan has been neither frustrated nor changed.  Indeed, all will be done according to His will.  Our advent is a celebration of this hope."

-thomas merton.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


It didn't behave
like anything you had
ever imagined. The wind
tore at the trees, the rain
fell for days slant and hard.
The back of the hand
to everything. I watched
the trees bow and their leaves fall
and crawl back into the earth.
As though, that was that.
This was one hurricane
I lived through, the other one
was of a different sort, and
lasted longer. Then
I felt my own leaves giving up and
falling. The back of the hand to
everything. But listen now to what happened
to the actual trees;
toward the end of that summer they
pushed new leaves from their stubbed limbs.
It was the wrong season, yes,
but they couldn't stop. They
looked like telephone poles and didn't
care. And after the leaves came
blossoms. For some things
there are no wrong seasons.
Which is what I dream of for me.

-mary oliver.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

together at the same time.

"No one can look at God and at the reality of the world with undivided gaze as long as God and the world are torn apart.  Despite all efforts to prevent it the eyes still wander from one to the other.  Only because there is one place where God and the reality of the world are reconciled with each other, at which God and humanity have become one, is it possible there and there alone to fix one's eyes on God and the world together at the same time.  This place does not lie somewhere beyond reality in the realm of ideas.  It lies in the midst of history as a divine miracle.  It lies in Jesus Messiah the reconciler of the world."

-dietrich bonhoeffer.


"therefore, let us fix our eyes on Jesus..."


Sunday, December 2, 2012

the old way.

"Dear brethren, our real trouble is not doubt about the way upon which we have set out, but our failure to be patient, to keep quiet.  We still cannot imagine that today God really doesn't want anything new for us, but simply to prove us in the old way.  That is too petty, too monotonous, too undemanding for us.  And we simply cannot be constant with the fact that God's cause is not always the successful one, that we really could be 'unsuccessful': and yet be on the right road.  But this is where we find out whether we have begun in faith or in a burst of enthusiasm."

-dietrich bonhoeffer.