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It is more than just memory, I think, that binds us to the past. The past is the place we view the present from as much as the other way around...
Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.
Go where your best prayers take you.
You use your real voice with those you love, and you cannot be phony with those who know you well.
Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.
A miracle is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A miracle is when one plus one equals a thousand.
Once we have seen Him in a stable, we can never be sure where He will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation He will descend in His wild pursuit of men.
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.
If we are a people who pray, darkness is apt to be a lot of what our prayers are about. If we are people who do not pray, it is apt to be darkness in one form or another that has stopped our mouths.
Faith is stepping out into the unknown with nothing to guide us but a hand just beyond our grasp.
If you have never known the power of God's love, then maybe it is because you have never asked to know it - I mean really asked, expecting an answer.
You have to suffer in order to be beautiful.
To remember the past is to see that we are here today by grace, that we have survived as a gift.
I hold my plush monkey over the bannister and let it drop. Its eyes light up when you squeeze its kidneys as whose eyes, I suppose, would not.
It is not objective proof of God's existence that we want but, whether we use religious language for it or not, the experience of God's presence.
With words as valueless as poker chips, we play games whose object it is to keep us from seeing each other's cards.
Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death.
The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.
I find I need to put things into words before I can believe that they are entirely real.
The real turning point in human history is less apt to be the day the wheel is invented or Rome falls than the day a boy is born to a couple of hick Jews.
Sin and grace, absence and presence, tragedy and comedy, they divide the world between them and where they meet head on, the Gospel happens.
The contradiction is resolved when you realize that for Jesus peace seems to have meant not the absence of struggle, but the presence of love. -p83
... the preacher speaks both the word of tragedy and the word of comedy because they are both of them the truth and because Jesus speaks them both...
Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day's chalking.
It is within the bonds of marriage that I, for one, found a greater freedom to be and to become and to share myself thatn I can imaine ever having found in any other kind of relationship.
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
[W]e are none of us very good at silence. It says too much.
Theology, like fiction, is largely autobiographical.
The past is the place we view the present from as much as the other way around.
God in his unending greatness and glory and man in his unending littleness, prepared for the worst but rarely for the best, prepared for the possible but rarely for the impossible.