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The Peace

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6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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Nature Is Grace

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“Nature is grace because it is a pathway out of our chattering minds. How easily we get lost in thinking and fretting and worrying with our chattering minds. The morning headlines are simply overwhelming and more than we can bear. There is enough of any one problem to drive us to distraction. Nature reminds us of what we forget. Nature calls us to be still and to be ourselves and to live in the Presence of the moment.”

– Jeff Blake, Homestretch

The Presence

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“It is not about ritual, or doctrine, or dogma, or teachings, or institutions that sometimes lead only to the chattering mind. It is about the heart. It is about glory. It is about Presence.

Greg Kirby wrote me these words about chiseling and Presence:

“Michelangelo came to mind when I read your powerful words today. There is a beautiful correlation between Michelangelo’s chiseling away at a lump of stone while holding in his heart a knowing of the beauty that lives within the lump of stone. His purpose was to chisel away with childlike excitement and hold space for what appears behind each chiseled piece. “Maybe this piece is where it’s hiding … maybe the next?” He continued sculpting with a deep knowing/sensing that the beauty is only moments away.

As you chisel away at your masterpiece (your place of service in love) you will, in the blink of an eye, find the magic, the beauty, the love … You. And as you have gotten closer, the oneness of everything, one word at a time, reveals itself more and more. I believe this is what the Bible calls “working out our salvation.” And I think it’s the most beautiful process in the universe.

Even the wasted pieces are beautiful because they have played a role in cloaking the Source. They have lived with the Source and released—as did Judas—to become a heap in order to make way for something much greater.”

– Jeff Blake, Homestretch