Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sleepy Time Thoughts

A few poor thoughts, mostly negations, before bed:

The American Dream is not the Gospel. Many of us try to reconcile the two, but in the end a mash-up is a mash-up. Whose story are you living? Which story would you rather live?

God's shield is not a bubble. It is a shield. It surrounds us, but it can be lowered, and it does get lowered from time to time. If you are in a bubble, it is not of God's own making. Pray that God will burst it.

Vulnerability, like protection, is providential, and maybe more so.

History is not the science of the past. It is the art of transcending time.

If only you could be the word that effects perfectly what it utters! Until you are, you ought to be silent, because you are in fact effecting many things by words without wisdom.

Speak only when spoken to. Good advice for gabby children; great advice for voluble prophets.

"Immediately" is the first word of the evangelists. It is the first command to penitents. It is the last word of Jesus.

If the young will see visions and the old will dream dreams, then what of those who live in between the times of youth and maturity? That would be most of us. I hazard a guess: we, our parents' children and our children's parents, will be shown a mystery.

Sometimes it seems to me that the problem is not that our hearts have hardened. The problem is not that our hearts are in the wrong place, either. The problem is that our hearts are too small. The problem is that our hearts are in no place at all.

Try to make no news except Good News.

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