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A New Time

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I have waged this war
against myself for many years.
It was terrible, but now I am disarmed.
I am no longer frightened of anything because love banishes fear.
I am disarmed of the need to be right
And to justify myself by disqualifying others.
I am no longer on the defensive holding onto my riches.
I just want to welcome and to share.
I don’t hold onto my ideas and projects.
If someone shows me something better — No, I shouldn’t say better, but good — I accept them without any regrets I no longer seek to compare.
What is good, true and real is always for me the best.
That is why I have no fear.
When we are disarmed and dispossessed of self,
If we open our hearts to the God man who makes all things new then he takes away past hurts
And reveals a new time where everything is possible.

– Patriarch Athenooras of Constantinople

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Alone With Him

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“There are vast areas of stubbornness and ignorance the Holy Spirit has to reveal in each of us, but it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone. Are we alone with Him now? Or are we more concerned with our own ideas, friendships, and cares for our bodies? Jesus cannot teach us anything until we quiet all our intellectual questions and get alone with Him.”

– Oswald Chambers

The Center of our Hearts

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“Keeping busy at work, taking in the latest movies or concerts, keeping abreast of friendships, traveling, or dining in the best restaurants only takes the edge off the little cry that continually echoes at the center of our hearts. It is a painful cry that becomes louder when we are alone or when there is less activity. Because we don’t know what to do, we mostly choose to look busy, distract ourselves, and pretend that it is not there at all. But it does not go away, and it is a persistent cry for love and intimacy. Our little hearts are deeply lonely and we yearn for more than a life of entertainment and busyness.”

– Sue Mosteller, A Place To Hold My Shaky Heart