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         Nature is evolutionary, and in that we can see a wisdom which clearly shows intelligence, intent, spirit, and design. And perhaps nowhere is this more evident than how in the process of evolution we see nature becoming ever more unified, complex, and conscious.How God’s intelligence and intent are reflected in that however, is not always evident because nature can be brutal. In order to survive, many elements in nature have to eat some other...
We cannot promise that the passion and excitement we initially experience when we fall in love will remain that way forever. What we can promise is something more realistic - that we want to be faithful, to treat our spouse with respect, and always be an honest partner in trying to build a life together. We can't guarantee how we will always feel, but we can promise fidelity.Beyond pointing us towards a more mature understanding of love, this is also a good image for faith and how it works....
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Anxiety eats into us at various levels. Superficially, we worry about many things. But deep down we are anxious in a way that colours almost everything we do.  So much of what motivates and drives us is an unconscious attempt to free ourselves from anxiety.We are forever nursing the hope that we can free ourselves from anxiety through achievement, success, financial security, fame, leaving a mark, and through power and sex. We nurse the secret belief that if we have the right combination...
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Everything that’s good eventually gets crucified. By a perverse axiom in life there is always something that cannot leave well enough alone, but, for reasons of its own, must lash out at what’s good. What’s good, what is of God, will always at some point be misunderstood, envied, hated, falsely accused, and eventually nailed to some kind of cross. Every follower of Christ inevitably suffers the same fate as Christ Jesus: death through misunderstanding, ignorance, and jealousy.Yet there’s...
One of the most consoling texts of the Hebrew scriptures is the Book of Job, which concerns itself with the theme of why bad things happen to good people - a question to which, intriguingly, it refuses to offer up simple, faith-based answers. The point of the Book of Job is his ultimate recognition of the inscrutable mystery of God's ways and in his penitent recognition of God's sovereignty.  While he cavils at God's providential ordering of men's affairs and beats his fists in vain...
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Many people suffer from a kind of guilt. They don’t seem able to enjoy healthy pleasure without feeling guilty about feeling good, almost apologetic about their good luck.Instead they tend, unconsciously, to associate depth and religion with what’s grey and sad. In the name of  religion they are stoic rather than joyous in acceptance of pleasure. Many suffer from an incapacity  to take in life’s more simple pleasures in genuine delight. They always seem to be nursing some guilt...
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Why would nature design things so that, as humans, just as we reach the pinnacle of our maturity and get more of a genuine grip on our lives, our bodies begin to fall apart?  Why do we suffer so many physical ailments as we age? What might nature have in mind when the ailments and physical weaknesses of age begin to play some havoc with our days and nights?The late James Hillman in his book, The Force of Character answers these questions with a metaphor.  The best wines have to be...
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To be a human being is to be endlessly distracted. We aren’t persons who live in habitual spiritual awareness who occasionally get distracted. We’re persons who live in habitual distraction who occasionally become spiritually aware. We tend be so preoccupied with the ordinary business of living that it takes a hurricane of some sort for God to break through.C.S. Lewis, commenting on why we tend to turn to God only during a hurricane, once put it this way: God is always speaking to us, but...
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Seeing implies more than having good eyesight. We may well be seeing physically, yet not seeing the meaning of it. Truly seeing implies more than having eyes that are simply open.For instance, in the Gospels, we see Jesus doing a number of healings. He heals lame people, deaf people, mute people, people with leprosy. What is important to see in these various miracles is that usually there’s more at issue than just physical healing.Jesus is healing people in a deeper way.  He is healing the...
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God’s grace-full presence is everywhere, but our response is often muted.‘When grace enters a room we should begin to dance but, sadly, more often than not we let some little thing, some insect bite blind us to grace's presence.’  W H AudenGiven the complexity in our everyday lives, shadows of some type are invariably present. There can be some irritation in any situation in life, some element challenging pure grace within almost every moment of life. Life rarely comes to us pure, free...

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