Poem: 'The Seraphim'

I see no more Thy cross, O holy Slain!
I hear no more the horror and the coil
of the great world’s turmoil
Feeling Thy countenance too still , — nor yell
Of demons sweeping past it to their prison.
The skies that turned to darkness with Thy pain
make now a summer’s day;
And on my changed ear that sabbath bell
records how CHRIST IS RISEN.

–Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I don’t think you’ll ever be able to penetrate the mystery of God’s revelation in Jesus until it strikes you that the major part of Jesus’ life was hidden and that even the “public” years remained invisible as far as most people were concerned. Whereas the way of the world is to insist on publicity, celebrity, popularity, and getting maximum exposure, God prefers to work in secret. You must let that mystery of God’s secrecy, God’s anonymity, sink deeply into your consciousness because, otherwise, you’re continually looking at it from the wrong point of view. In God’s sight the things that really matter seldom take place in public. . . . Maybe, while we focus our whole attention on the VIPs and their movements, on peace conferences and protest demonstrations, it’s the totally unknown people, praying and working in silence, who make God save us yet again from destruction.

Henri Nouwen

Whether life grinds you down or polishes you depends upon what you’re made of.

Adaptation of a valuable thought by Jacob M. Braude


Deeper Dive: "Homeward Bound" (Week 5)

Our current conditions aren’t our footing—God’s grace is.”

“Homeward Bound” (Week 5, Day 4)

This and so much more are included in our 5th week of readings of First and Second Peter. HEADS UP: Look ahead to prepare for Week 5, Day 5 as a special day of prayer and solitude–scheduled as that day’s time of devotion to God.

Attached below is Week 5 of a Deeper Dive into the profoundly relevant letters Peter the Apostle penned 2000 years ago–into what has become the books we know as First and Second Peter. This look into these formative teachings is becoming a series of sermons and studies we’re calling “Homeward Bound.” What we’ll find in these 7 weeks of readings in 1 & 2 Peter is this: We all ought to be moving towards Heaven by loving everyone and everything rightly on Earth.

Feel free to click on the Download button and jump into this week’s five daily readings. You are welcome to download it to any of your devices or just return here each day this week to read the next day’s reading. Reading these words and having them transform your life is done best in a group, so circle up with someone and learn together how the Kingdom of God might best look in you live this life . . . Homeward Bound!

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To begin the “Homeward Bound” readings at Week 1, click here.

The Real St. Patrick Day Would Have a Powerful and Relevant Prayer

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.