Guard your heart

Occasionally a question keeps lingering in the back of your head, when you tried but didn’t find a satisfying solution. You move on to other things and forget you even asked. Until, some day, you read something, or hear something, and suddenly you realize: “Aha! Now the pieces are falling together, the picture becomes clear.” … Continue reading Guard your heart

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My soul is a shepherd

“My soul is a shepherd, a flock it feeds”, sang George Herbert. Such a lovely image of taking good care of your own inner life, and bringing forth something beautiful! Just repeating this sentence in my head already helps reduce the tension that I often feel when I am disagreeing with myself. Especially in lockdown … Continue reading My soul is a shepherd

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The Last Guru

The children’s book, “The last guru”, tells a short and funny story that contains quite a bit of wisdom. I read it recently, and enjoyed how it reminded me of old insights. Yes, it “reminded”, not “taught” me. More and more I come to the conclusion that with all my pondering and struggling to seek … Continue reading The Last Guru

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Biblical Unconscious

What if the Bible contains lots of hidden life in the things that are not said? What if the stories strike the surface of a depth that remains hidden from our conscious, but is known, somehow? Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg wrote a wonderful book on this topic of Biblical Unconscious. She opens up the stories … Continue reading Biblical Unconscious

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Bird of Paradise
Flying bird of paradise

Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age,God’s breath in man returning to his birth,The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earthEngine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,The six-days world transposing in an hour,A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and … Continue reading Bird of Paradise

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