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January 31 Devotional

In Jesus we have a master to whom we do not sufficiently listen. He speaks to each heart the word of life, the only word, but we do not listen. We want to know what he is saying to others, and do not listen to what he is saying to us. We are not sufficiently attuned to that transcendental being imparted to all things by divine action. ...

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January 30 Devotional

Prayer is creating a sacred space where you can be overwhelmed with God’s uncompromising love and acceptance. ...

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January 27 Devotional

Retire from the world each day to some private spot, even if it be only the bedroom (for a while I retreated to the furnace room for want of a better place). Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God’s presence envelopes you…Listen for the inward Voice till you learn to recognize it. Stop trying to compete w...

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January 26 Devotional

Our relationship with God would be greatly improved if we saw prayer as listening to God rather than talking to him. Think of those boring people who talk endlessly to others (or rather, at others). All their words show that they are distanced from others rather than close to them. Could this also be the reason why our prayers lack insight into the character of God? Openne...

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January 25 Devotional

Every once in a while, life can be very eloquent. You can go along from day to day not noticing very much, not seeing or hearing very much, and then all the sudden, when you least expect it very often, something speaks to you with such power that it catches you off guard, makes you listen whether you want to or not. Something speaks to you out of your own life with such di...

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January 24 Devotional

Prayer is the outgrowth of both silence and solitude. In silence we let go of our manipulative control. In solitude we face up to what we are in the depths of our being. Prayer then becomes the offering of who we are to God: the giving of that broken, unclean, grasping, manipulative self to God for the work of God’s grace in our lives. ...

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January 23 Devotional

The years that lie behind you, with all their struggles and pains, will in time be remembered only as the way that led to your new life. But as long as the new life is not fully yours, your memories will continue to cause you pain. When you keep reliving painful events of the past, you can feel victimized by them. But there is a way of telling your story that does not crea...

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January 22 Devotional

It is a long spiritual journey of trust, for behind each fist, another one is hiding, and sometimes the process seems endless. Much has happened in your life to make all those fists, and at any hour of the day or night you might find yourself clenching your fists again out of fear....

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January 21 Devotional

We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have, and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual - even on the spiritual - plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest: forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in, the fundam...

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January 20 Devotional

Greed is often associated with a ravenous appetite that devours anything within reach...

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January 19 Devotional

Praying is no easy matter. It demands a relationship in which you allow someone other than yourself to enter into the very center of your being, to see there what you would rather leave in darkness, and to touch there what you would rather leave untouched. Why would you really want to do that? Perhaps you would let the other cross your inner threshold to see something or t...

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January 18 Devotional

When at last I cling to you with all my being, for me there will be no more sorrow, no more toil. Then at last I shall be alive with true life, for my life will be wholly filled by you. (Confessions by St Augustine)...

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January 17 Devotional

True service finds it almost impossible to distinguish the small from the large service. Where the difference is noted the true servant seems to be often drawn to the small service, not out of false modesty, but because he genuinely sees it as the important service. He indiscriminately welcomes all opportunities to serve. Self-righteous service requires external rewards. I...

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January 16 Devotional

Those who believe in God can never in a way be sure of him again. Once they have seen him in a stable, they can never be sure where he will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation he will descend in his wild pursuit of man. If holiness and the awful power and majesty of God were present in this least auspicious of all events, t...

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January 15 Devotional

And our yearning to become lost in God only intensifies our tears over the thought of leaving this life, Christian existence is a joyful nonsense. In a culture of self-realization, the Christian’s call is to renounce self; in the face of noise, silence is the preference; in a world of competition, the Christian’s declaration is that the winners will be losers and the l...

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January 14 Devotional

Lord, give me the ability to persist through tedium, to survive without the oxygen of recognition, praise, and stroking, and to do some good things every day which are seen only by You. ...

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January 13 Devotional

Humility and Moderation - the graces of the self-forgetful soul - we might almost expect that if we grasped all that the Incarnation really means - God and His love, manifest not in some peculiar and supernatural spiritual manner, but in ordinary human nature. Christ, first-born of many brethren, content to be one of us, living the family life, and from within His Church i...

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January 12 Devotional

I don’t know about you, but whenever I read these verses about decreasing rather than increasing I immediately start to squirm. They are just so contrary to my nature, so counter-intuitive. I mean, who really wants to decrease, right? And I can never read them without the question arising (from God’s Spirit deep within me), “So, how’s this process going for you the...

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January 11 Devotional

For quite some time I have been living with the suspicion that God has a preference for the small, the hidden, the quiet, and the lowly. I see it clearly all over the pages of Scripture, but maybe nowhere more clearly than in the Christmas narrative. To imagine that God, the Creator of all that is, chose to enter into that creation in the way that he did is simply astoundi...

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January 9 Devotional

So how are we to live now? Can we bear the light of Christ into the darkness of our time? Jesus gave several directions that serve as signposts to guide us on that narrowing path of obedience. Though Jesus’ “Follow me” opens up a set of decisions for each one of us, all of us are called to trust, to relinquish whatever we cling to that is not of God, to seek ongoing ...

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January 8 Devotional

What does it really look like to live life with God? Well, Jeremiah 6:16 gives us a great hint. And it all starts, strangely enough, with the word stand. In other words, it starts by stopping. Stand. Be still. Be present - fully present - first to God within you and then to God around you. In other words, just show up. I believe it was Woody Allen who once said, “Eighty ...

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January 7 Devotional

The contrast is pretty striking. On the one hand you have the Magi, the three wise men who came from the east and followed the star until it came to rest over the place where the child (Jesus) was. We are not told much about them - where they were specifically from, how many miles they had traveled, or how long it had taken them. But we can well imagine that it had been a ...

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January 6 Devotional

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. The word epiphany comes from the Greek word epiphancia, which can be translated both as coming and as manifestation (or appearing). While Christmas is the season that celebrates the event of Christ’s coming in the incarnation, Epiphany celebrates the manifestation(s) of that coming. Thus, Epiphany is the time in the church calendar whe...

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January 3 Devotional

“Guide our feet into the paths of peace, that having done Your will this day, we may, when night comes, rejoice and give You thanks...” We begin the work that is before us this day, asking for the grace to do it well and to the glory of God. We dress children and get them to school, we find our places and undertake the tasks for which we have been dreamed into being....

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January 5 Devotional

The picture of the Lord Jesus as the Door properly belongs to the beginning of the Christian life...But what lies beyond the Door? Scripture could have pictured the Door leading us into a house or a garden. If it had done so, we would have gathered that the Lord Jesus brings us into a static experience of salvation, peace, and holiness, and that once having entered in, we ...

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January 2 Devotional

Our spiritual life depends on his perpetual coming to us, far more than on our going to him. Every time a channel is made for him he comes; every time our hearts are open to him he enters, bringing a fresh gift of his very life, and on that life we depend. We should think of the whole power and splendor of God as always pressing in upon our small souls. ...

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January 1 Devotional

I think I might adopt Psalm 131 as my prayer for the New Year because it reminds me of what is really important and what God seems to desire as far as my outlook and my attitude are concerned. All of which is the polar opposite of everything the culture and the world encourage me to pursue. In a culture that says, “Make a name for yourself, achieve, perform, jockey for p...

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