The Ecstasy of Loving God + ...The New Mystics
Manifest Presence of God
Friday, January 6, 2017
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Monday, October 20, 2014
Swept through the Mire by Despair
Bogged down in Quagmire
Bereft to the Core
Alone but not So
Whelmed by the Waves
Distressed to the Bone
Grudges Long Held
All Worked for Good
Suddenly Darkness Felled
Just but a Shadow
Affliction Momentary and Light
Pain will Subside
Grief will Lift like a Kite
Sun Shining Brightly
Deep Peace on all Shores
Never Left nor Forsaken
Jesus' Love and Care not just a Lore
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Cloud of Unknowing p. 42
Sunday, October 28, 2012
No doubt in your heart?
Cursed an empty fig tree?
Commanded a mountain into the sea?
Faith as a mustard seed?
Heaven and earth agreed
Withered hands, blind eyes, and demons obey
Faith in God sees all things new made
Be healed! Be whole! Gives heaven a voice
Your kingdom come Your will be done
God increase our faith till we be like Your Son!
Friday, October 19, 2012
It's all a shadow, not only the galaxies above, but the sea below and the kindest gesture of love
As it flashes from the east to the west the Day arrives, the Power on high fills and transfigures our lives
Changed at last, unimaginable bliss, no more pain and angst a thing of the past, only swallowed up in the feelings of a kiss
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
All I ever wanted,
was to be broken
by your grace.
Your burning touch
on my pen,
branding my heart
with your face.
for your wisdom,
I paint humbly
across the page.
on the canvas
of your embrace.
Freely I have received,
freely bending me.
in your hand,
lift the scales
from my heart,
let me see.
this crumbled child,
into a soul
that breathes desire.
Fill these cracks
Compose my life
with your fire.
Used with permission: Copyright 2011, Christi Armstrong
Monday, March 26, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
6th Century Irish Hymn
Friday, February 18, 2011
Francis Thompson (1859-1907)
Friday, January 28, 2011
Jonathan Edwards (1761)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Misty Edwards from a facebook post on Aug. 25, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
22 The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
A Psalm of David (NKJV)
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
We get the word mystic from a Greek root that means "mystery." A mystic is a person who is "introduced into the mysteries." Broadly speaking, all Christians are mystics. We believe that by faith we are initiated into the mysteries of Christ's death and resurrection. But most Christians are not mystics in the technical sense because we have yet to penetrate the Christian mysteries in depth. That's what sets a true mystic apart from the crowd. Mystics enjoy a special closeness to God. They get rid of all the clutter in their hearts to make more room for God.
from the book "Mystics & Miracles: True Stories of Lives Touched by God" by Bert Ghezzi p. xi
Friday, December 18, 2009
Three years old,
And a mother with a heart
All of gold.
Often did that mother say,
Jesus hears us when we pray,
For He's never far away
And He always answers.
Now, that tiny little child
Had brown eyes,
And she wanted blue instead
Like blue skies.
For her mother's eyes were blue
Like forget-me-nots. She knew
All her mother said was true,
Jesus always answered.
So she prayed for two blue eyes,
Said "Good night",
Went to sleep in deep content
Woke up early, climbed a chair
By a mirror. Where, O where
Could the blue eyes be? Not there;
Jesus hadn't answered.
Hadn't answered her at all;
Could she pray; her eyes were brown
Did a little soft wind blow?
Came a whisper soft and low,
"Jesus answered. He said, No;
Isn't No an answer?"
Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) Missionary to India
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Philip Yancy in What's So Amazing About Grace p. 239
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
John 1:14, 15 (NKJV)
Sunday, August 9, 2009
By the President of the United States of America.
Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.
And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.
All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty seventh.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Caspian shouted to the boatswain to keep her back, and all except the rowers rushed forward and gazed from the bows. But there was nothing to be seen by gazing. Behind them was the sea and the sun, before them the Darkness.
"Do we go into this?" asked Caspian at length.
"Not by my advice," said Drinian.
"The Captain's right," said several sailors.
"I almost think he is," said Edmund.
Lucy and Eustace didn't speak but they felt very glad inside at the turn things seemed to be taking. But all at once the clear voice of Reepicheep broke in upon the silence.
"And why not?" he said. "Will someone explain to me why not."
No one was anxious to explain, so Reepicheep continued:
"If I were addressing peasants or slaves," he said, "I might suppose that this suggestion proceeded from cowardice. But I hope it will never be told in Narnia that a company of noble and royal persons in the flower of their age turned tail because they were afraid of the dark."
"But what manner of use would it be plowing through that blackness?" asked Drinian.
"Use?" replied Reepicheep. "Use, Captain? If by use you mean filling our bellies or our purses, I confess it will be no use at all. So far as I know we did not set sail to look for things useful but to seek honor and adventure. And here is as great an adventure as ever I heard of, and here, if we turn back, no little impeachment of all our honors."
Several of the sailors said things under their breath that sounded like "Honor be blowed," but Caspian said:
"Oh, bother you, Reepicheep. I almost wish we'd left you at home. All right! If you put it that way, I suppose we shall have to go on. Unless Lucy would rather not?"
Lucy felt that she would very much rather not, but what she said out loud was, "I'm game."
"Your Majesty will at least order lights?" said Drinian.
"By all means," said Caspian. "See to it, Captain."...
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader pp 190-193
by Clive Staples Lewis
Monday, June 1, 2009
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope and love.
This we ask in the name of our captain, who is Jesus Christ.
A Prayer of Sir Francis Drake
Sunday, May 31, 2009
1 Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 “Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.