Contemplation: A Daily Sabbath

Yesterday at First Christian Church of Atlanta's inaugural annual conference on Christian spirituality, I spoke about the Biblical roots of contemplation. I focused on two particular verses: Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8) But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6) The verse from Matthew is used all the time to justify contemplative prayer, with … [Read more...]

Concerning Human Rest-Less-Ness

Here are my replies to my friend’s questionnaire: the second part, which deals with the topic of Human “Rest-less-ness.”What robs you of peace? What gets in the way of your resting? What makes you feel restless? What is it that we “lack” when we are “rest-less”? My own compulsions, probably more than anything else. My tendency to compulsive behavior not only keeps me busy (often with tasks that do not in themselves truly nurture my soul), but also introduces a sense of anxiety: if I don't do t … [Read more...]

Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 3)

If you haven’t already done so, please read Monday’s post: Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 1), which was followed by part 2 yesterday. Tonight I’m posting the third and final part of my friend’s questionnaire, this segment dealing with the topic of formation, and how this applies to the concepts of rest and restlessness (or, rest-less-ness). Please, if you feel so inclined, post your thoughts, comments, or answers to these questions here.Questions concerning FormationWhat do you hea … [Read more...]

Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 2)

If you haven't already done so, please read yesterday's post: Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 1).Tonight I'm posting the second part of my friend's questionnaire, this segment dealing with the topic of Human "Rest-less-ness." Please, if you feel so inclined, post your thoughts, comments, or answers to these questions here.Questions concerning Human Rest-less-nessWhat robs you of peace? What gets in the way of your resting? What makes you feel restless? What is it that we "lack" … [Read more...]


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