Incomplete Thoughts on Secrecy and Silence (Mostly Reminders for Myself)

We don’t have many secrets these days nor do we keep them, our own or others.  We should. Secrecy is a spiritual discipline, a key companion to humility and truth telling and prayer.  Jesus kept secrets and taught his disciples to do the same.  Matthew 6:1-21 concerns the keeping of secrets, the doing of things in secret.  Prayer, fasting, alms should all be secret more often than not.  The kind of wealth we accumulate should be the kind that can be kept secret (there is no room for … [Read more...]

The Peace of Creation

Go for an early morning or evening walk.  Delight in the creation and "rest in the grace of the world." "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry … [Read more...]

Farming as a Spiritual Discipline

We need practices that help us embody the kinds of virtues to which Christ calls us.  Farming is one hands-on practice through which we can gain these virtues because farming calls us to recognize our limits and our most basic dependence on God. Today, be a farmer.  You don't have to have fifty acres or even one.  Instead, commit to growing one plant for food and nurturing it until it flourishes and fruits.  Pumpkins and winter squash are an excellent choice for most parts of the country … [Read more...]

Singing as a Spiritual Discipline

Where else in American culture do people sing together than in church?  This is a unique aspect of our way of being in the world.  Singing may well have preceded speech in human history by some accounts--singing is almost certainly our first language with God.  It is a fundamental practice of devotion. Today find a song of worship and sing it.  It could be a hymn, a psalm, or something more contemporary.  If you can, gather others to sing with you. … [Read more...]

Go Bird Watching

Go bird watching, or bug watching, or learn to identify the plants in your yard--learn how to really pay attention to what has always been around you. Thanks to Phil Kenneson for reminding me of this important practice at the Ekklesia Project gathering this past week. … [Read more...]


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