Tuesday, January 31, 2012

nihil sine Deo
Some of you may have noticed that this Latin phrase is part of my email electronic signature in Outlook.  it is not an attempt to seem intellectual, but rather it is a statement of faith.  Nihil sine Deo simply means "nothing without God".  I do nothing without God.  God is with me when I sleep and when I wake.  The good that I do or don't do, I do in the presence of God.  The bad that I do or don't do, I do in the presence of God.  I truly believe that God is involved intimately in my life.  I know that God knows the deepest, darkest corners of my soul and yet He loves me.  God sent his Son so that I could have life, today and tomorrow.  I truly believe that the beginning of Wisdom is fear of the LORD.  As a creature of a loving and caring Creator, I walk by faith.  So is say again.  nihil sine Deo

Friday, January 20, 2012

I found this random collection of words that I jotted in a journal.  I am not sure when I wrote these words and I am not sure what the situation.

Sometimes, even out BEST efforts fail.
       Don't give up in spite of how badly it goes

Keep on keeping on!
       GOD does not force himself upon people

When you fail, dust off your feet and keep going
       When a cat misses killing the mockingbird, 
        it does not lament.  It stops, cleans itself, takes a little nap 
and then moves on.

May GOD continue to inspire us forward in love.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I read this prayer in the book; "Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth" by Walter Brueggemann.
  And then you

We arrange our lives as best we can,
         to keep your holiness at bay,
               with our pieties,
                       our doctrines,
                       our liturgies,
                       our moralities,
                       our secret ideologies,
Safe, virtuous, settled,
And then you --
         you and your dreams,
         you and your visions,
         you and your purposes,
         you and your commands,
         you and our neighbors.
We find your holiness not at bay,
         but probing, pervading,
                 insisting, demanding.
And we yield, sometimes gladly,
                  sometimes resentfully,
                  sometimes late....or soon
We yield because you, beyond us, are God.
          We are your creatures met by you holiness
                               by your holiness made our true selves.
          And we yield.  Amen.

I read this by accident.  I was looking for books on discernment and read this prayer.  Wow, my niece is considering becoming a nun.