Quotations / Scripture

Words from the Wise

“My God, what is a heart
that thou shouldst it so eye, and woo,
Pouring upon it all thy art,
As if thou hadst nothing else to do?”
George Herbert

“What he is after is us – our laughter, our dreams, our fears, our heart of hearts. Remember his lament in Isaiah, that though his people were performing all their duties, ‘their hearts are far from me.’ How few of us truly believe this. We’ve never been wanted for our heart, our truest self, not really, not for long. The thought that God wants our heart seems too good to be true.”

“Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
C. S. Lewis

“To live as a child of God is to live with love and hope and growth, but it is also to live with longing, with aching for a fullness of love that is never quite within our grasp. To claim our rightful place in destiny, we must not only accept and claim the sweetly painful incompleteness within ourselves, but also affirm it with all our hearts. To state it directly, we must come to love our longing.”

“[God] sets an absurd value on the distinctness of every one of [us]. When He talks of [our] losing [ourselves], He means only abandoning the clamor of self-will; once [we] have done that, He really gives [us] back all [our] personality, and boasts that when [we] are wholly His [we] will be more [ourselves] than ever.”
C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

“The scandal of God’s silence in the most heartbreaking hours of our journey is perceived in retrospect as veiled tender Presence and a passage into pure trust that is not at the mercy of the response it receives.”
Brennan Manning

“When things are going ‘bad’ that does not mean God has stopped doing good. It means he is shifting things around to get them in place for more good…. He works all things together for good for those who love him.”
John Piper

“[We] tell what costs [us] least to tell and what will gain [us] most; and to tell the story of who we really are, and of the battle between light and dark, between belief and unbelief, between sin and grace that is waged within us all, costs plenty and may not gain us anything we’re afraid, but an uneasy silence and a fishy stare.”
Frederick Buechner

“In their created limitations, Adam and Eve were held together in a bond of naked vulnerability… That is because in God’s design we do not manage our needs, we confess them. Intimacy demands hearing and telling the truth, and it assumes that some pain will always be the cost of that naked vulnerability. Intimacy also recognizes that we will be inadequate to respond to the needs that are shared. We don’t mend each other’s brokenness, we just hold it tightly.”
Craig Barnes

“It is the Lordof hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.
Then He shall become a sanctuary.”
Isaiah 8:13-14

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