I’m reading a novel in which one of the characters, going through a difficult crisis and feeling desperate, does this thing which he used to do but hasn’t done in years: he lowers his head and brings his hands together on his lap and begins to pray.
He starts out feeling self-conscious but then the self-consciousness goes away and he feels what he sees as “the onset of a proper humility”. “Because I am nothing, he thought, just an ordinary man, a tiny speck of consciousness on a half burned-out star, precisely because of that I lower my head and pray. And it seemed to him at that moment that it did not matter if there was nobody listening; the very act of prayer was an acknowledgement of his humanity, a reminder of true scale.”
What struck me, though, was his thought afterwards:
“How foolish, he thought, to imagine that words uttered by him could change the world in the slightest way” – I feel this really touches on a very common misunderstanding Continue reading
I’m reading John Piper’s Finally Alive, about the biblical concept of being born again, and thinking about my own story – thinking about it again in the light of what he’s bringing out in the book, how even that first … Continue reading
I’ve never thought of it this way. I’m reading a book called Finally Alive, by John Piper, talking about the biblical concept of being born again. He reminds us that Jesus said “you must be born again” and not “I suggest … Continue reading
I’ve been having various conversations online recently where people who don’t share my faith in God say things like: come on, that stuff about sin and repentance doesn’t concern me, it’s just what you believe. And if it was, then … Continue reading
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We were talking about meeting a potential spouse and how we decide if they’re the right person. How did I decide? he asked me. Well, it was easy, I said, I just asked…
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the only way I cope
yes, the only way I cope Continue reading