This Advent our little nondenominational Bible church is taking time on Sunday mornings to sit quietly in the presence of the Word, patterning our time after a medieval practice that blends reading, contemplation, and prayer, called Lectio Divina.
As on that mountain, as in this year, all our plans are overthrown, and following Jesus doesn’t look the way it did before.
I was in Lexington, KY, in May of 1977 with my 2 younger brothers when Grandpa Wetzel dropped us off at the theater to see what he said was “Winnie-the-Pooh.”
how can we receive the gifts history offers and use them to practice moral reflection, rather than judgement? Here’s the story we read as part of our celebration of an American Thanksgiving with church family and strangers from other shores.
“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.” – Ursala K. LeGuin
“If only you saw what I can see, you’d understand why I need your modesty.”
So… virtue = being careful to stay out of the way of the sinfulness of young men. “That’s what makes you beautiful.” Got it.