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July 30, 2008


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Thank you for this Chris... I'm going through my own rocky road right now and while I know God has a purpose and good things will begin to come out of this, it helps to be reminded in the raw middle of this grief. Blessings to you my brother.

songstress7 --

Thanks for posting. Strength and peace to you, despite the rocks.

- Chris

So good to hear from you, and pray for you my friend.

I am walking the rocky roads right now myself. Also several deaths in my family and health conerns for me and the family, and you have my empathy.

I just remember that we "see but through a glass darkly" and we will continue to get the clarity that we seek as God wills it.

Hey Brother!

I know you probably don't remember me, but this is Bill from Awaiting Rain (fellow Free Methodist elder). Just wanted to say hello and let you know I'm still enjoying your blog. I've linked you on my new project,

May God overwhelm you with His kindness!

Good to see you blogging again, Chris. I feel with you and your family. It's good to hear that you are healing. I'm certain you'll be hiking through the "Rockies" in no time along with your family and your extra baggage will disappear in the heat of the sun.

During my "annus horribilis" which came to an end last fall, I too could not blog and had to cut down on hobbies. I found that at the end of the tunnel the cliché holds true:

What doesn't kill you, strengthens you.

God keep you safe and may you continue to bless us all with who you are and what you do here on the internet. I think that you blog is one of the most sensitive and intelligent around. Thank you for that.

Dude. for some reason this line:

Unlike my personal life, my life at church has been an exciting time of growth.

deeply disturbed me. Why the divide? and why @ church. You don't go to church you are (the) Church...

I think this false dichotomy, that my life is not sacramental, holy or important if it's just my personal life and what I do at church is separate is dangerous...

not to give you a hard time though.



Ha! Of course you're giving me a hard time -- I expect that from you (lyb).

And... you should be embracing the paradox by now -- the paradox that our entire life is life "within" the church, and yet, there remains a sense in which we can talk of our life within or outside of the church as well. The latter is more of a construct of the English language, rather than a philosophical/theological assertion.

I suppose then, my question back to you would be: did you understand what I had set out to explain?



Agreed. Amen. God bless you.

Agreed. Amen. God bless you.

I think so Chris. I read a book awhile ago titled "Why a suffering world makes sense" and my take away from it was that 'paradoxically' all of who we are cannot be revealed in the good times and in peace.

To totally know and be known we have to suffer, to endure and grow thru it. My favorite picture of peace is the bird securely asleep in her nest in the tree in the midst of the storm.

I can also see where stepping outside of time and into the mystery of the Other during Liturgy could be an oasis of peace in an otherwise difficult world.



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