If the lost word is lost, if the spent word is spent
If the unheard, unspoken
Word is unspoken, unheard;
Still is the spoken word, the Word unheard,
The Word without a word, the Word within
The world and for the world;
And the light shone in the darkness and
Against the Word the unstilled world still whirled
About the center of the silent Word.

Thomas Steams Eliot
Ash Wednesday

l’essentiel

Monday, 7 August 2017
Lille, France

“Voici mon secret. Il est très simple:
On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince

the past few weeks have seen a sort of exasperation and helplessness of sorts. the loneliest feeling in the world is probably sitting in a theatre with a cheering, roaring audience, but being unable to bring yourself to do the same because you believe in something, Someone else.

how can I help you understand, that it’s not the present but eternity that counts?

how can I let you see, that I’m not insane, that I’m not making all these up in my mind?

how do I show you, that He who is invisible is real?

how do I show you, that you need Him too?

how do I tell you the truth gently and clearly, but without sugar coating it too?

“Here is my secret. It is very simple:
One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Lord; start with me.

Help me make the invisible essential to my life, and help me make the invisible visible through my life.

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:12

“I have seen patients dying in hospitals. It’s not like in the TV shows or in the movies… in the movies, couples who have fought for years, in the face of danger, suddenly forget their differences and come together. Life doesn’t work that way, however.
 
When a couple meets a crisis, the result is a caricature of what’s already there in their relationship. We happened to deeply love each other and had open communication. Therefore the crisis drove us to each other. We were unified and trusted each other. Feelings of blame and anger did not creep in. The crisis of Claudia’s illness merely brought to the surface and magnified feelings already present.
 
John Claxton
“If the founders of the world’s philosophies and religious systems were alive on earth today, they could only say, ‘I was.’ They are dead, and they can’t personally help you. Jesus doesn’t say “I was.” He is alive and says, ‘I AM.’ He can meet our needs today. He is alive this very moment and offers us a satisfying spiritual life in the present tense. ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). Past history, present reality, and future uncertainty all unite today in Jesus Christ, the great I AM.
  
Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
He Walks with Me

refraction

Sunday, 23 July 2017
London, United Kingdom

“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.”

Audre Lorde

am I holding my life up against the light of Christ? is His light the incident ray, as well as the refracted ray which unto others shine?

“For with You is the fountain of life;
in Your light we see light.”

Psalm 36:9

“Of course, it’s easy to trust God when the bush is burning, the waters are parting, and the mountains are shaking— it’s those silent years that are discouraging. But blessed is the person who does not interpret the silence of God as the indifference of God!”

Erwin W. Lutzer
Getting Closer to God

emptied, to be filled 💦

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

the strange, beautiful irony of the way God works… is that the spring of water whose waters do not fail, is a spring that is poured out for many people in many places. 💦

“…if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.”

Isaiah 58:10-11

the next time we feel empty, weary and unsatisfied, may we all the more pour ourselves out for others, and give ourselves to His work. in that way, we may claim His promise of fullness, strength, and satisfaction, as we let our waters flow from His never-ending, all-sufficient stream of grace.