for it involves some perception of the worthiness of the truth

From Phantastes by George MacDonald<: Then first I knew the delight of being lowly; of saying to myself, “I am what I am, nothing more.” “I have failed,” I said, “I have lost myself—would it had been my shadow.” I looked round: the shadow was nowhere to be seen. Ere long, I learned that itContinue reading “for it involves some perception of the worthiness of the truth”

how I loathe big issues

From The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction by Eugene H. Peterson (in a section entitled “Small Talk: A Pastoral Art”): Most of us, most of the time, are engaged in simple routine tasks, and small talk is the natural language. If pastors belittle it, we belittle what most people are doingContinue reading “how I loathe big issues”

humility in the wrong place

But what we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. NowadaysContinue reading “humility in the wrong place”

water rests not on barren hill summits

From the yesterday’s Valley of Vision devotional prayer (a collection of Puritan prayers): Help me to see myself in thy sight,    then pride must wither, decay, die, perish. Humble my heart before thee,    and replenish it with thy choicest gifts. As water rests not on barren hill summits,    but flows down to fertilize lowest vales,Continue reading “water rests not on barren hill summits”

no one ever did

From some reading with the kids yesterday in The Hobbit: [Bilbo] did not, or course, expect that any one would remember that it was he who discovered all by himself the dragon’s weak spot; and that was just as well, for no one ever did. (chapter 15, “The Gathering of the Clouds”) Tolkien describes aContinue reading “no one ever did”