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 it […]

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 doing […]

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, […]