-James Weldon Johnson Continue reading
These were my notes from a recent talk by prolific author, John Ortberg. I hope you enjoy. Continue reading
“When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
– Victor Hugo Continue reading
“Oh Still, Small Voice of Calm”
Breathe through the pulses of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!
– John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 – 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and abolitionist. Highly regarded in his lifetime and after, he is remembered for his patriotic poems and a number of poems turned into hymns. Whittier grew up on a poor farm with a large extended family and little formal education. However, he was heavily influenced by Quaker ideologies of humanitarianism, compassion, and social responsibility, introduced to him by his father. He remained an outspoken proponent of abolitionism as a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Many of his early poems dealt with the cause of slavery. After the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, Whittier turned to other forms of poetry; his most famous include Snow-Bound and Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. Starting around 1850, he also wrote folksy New England ballads and narrative poems, sentimental country idylls, and simple religious poems that appealed strongly to his readers.
I pray to align; I pray to clear thought, to raise it on equal level of my beloved maintains glorious view; but in all end to let God define & direct the changing, the events, all occurrences. I have a spiritual relief from human rumination. I can not humanly foresee what I spiritually need to know.”
-Grey T. Full
That’s a pretty good instruction manual. Why worry and ruminate? Instead let’s pray to know Divine Life’s direction and guidance. That’s so much easier!
Enjoy having your thought directed for good!
I have learned not to pray for the specific, but instead to pray for Christ example in thought, love in life, being in God. Then the “Bouleversement” can occur.
-Grey T. Full
Are you praying for something specific? It’s not wrong, but you could be limiting yourself.
A higher prayer is to pray for Christ’s will in your life, or for his love in your heart….
If we pray for God’s way that blesses not just you, but everyone. That’s where you can embody the French word “Bouleversement,” which means to up-end or overturn.
Pray on a higher level and transform the world!