Discere verum.

Aspiring theologian and Young Life leader, GBN @younglife. Juicer and chai addict. Barre junkie/crossfit dabbler/little bit of spin/sweat dates yes. Analyzer and astute observer/INTJ. @EvanstonBible. @CSLIChicago Fellows 2014-2015.

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On purpose

“What is serious to men is often very trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as ‘play’ is perhaps what He Himself takes most seriously. At any rate, the Lord plays and diverts Himself in the garden of His creation, and if we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance … . we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.”

Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

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John Donne

No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

Meditation XVII

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

John Donne

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The Cross

“I confess God before the world and all his enemies when, in the deepest distress, I believe in God’s goodness; when, in guilt, I believe in his forgiveness; in death, life; in defeat, victory; in abandonment, God’s gracious presence. Whoever has found God in the cross of Jesus Christ knows how mysteriously God hides himself in this world and how, when we believe him farthest away, he is just there beside us. Whoever has found God in the cross forgives all her enemies because God has forgiven her.”

Meditating on the Word by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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Doubt

“Why have you forgotten me? Every Christian asks this question at some time, when everything is going against her, when all earthly hope is smashed, when she feels completely lost in the course of great world events, when all of life’s goals collapse and everything seems to lack sense. But what matters then is who she is questioning. Not an obscure fate, but “the God of my strength,” the eternal source on which my life depends. I go heavily in my doubt, but God remains the source of strength; I sway, God stands immovable; I become false, God remains true—“the God of my strength.”

Meditating on the Word by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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Snow

He gives snow like wool;
he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
He scatters his hail like bread crumbs;
who can stand against his cold?
He sends forth his word and melts them;
he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.
(Ps. 147:17-19)

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Winter

“Summer is near at hand, the winter is past, the tender blossoms appear; he who has begun this work will also bring it to completion.“

-Martin Luther

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Invisible God

“Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.“
-Albert Einstein

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No man is

“Humanity is like an enormous spider web, so that if you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling… Our lives are linked together. No man is an island.”
Frederick Buechner

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Let’s be honest

“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.
To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means. As Thomas Merton put it, "A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God.”
The gospel of grace nullifies our adulation of televangelists, charismatic superstars, and local church heroes. It obliterates the two-class citizenship theory operative in many American churches. For grace proclaims the awesome truth that all is gift. All that is good is...

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Humility

“Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Hammer of God

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