Monday, October 24, 2016

Repetition



“The (spiritual) writer makes no apology for the repetition of truths to which he is personally committed that are said time and again in the literature of spirituality.  Part of his mission, as the messenger of the Sacred, is to say these truths again…”
               -Susan Annette Muto in Steps Along the Way
“…supposing you could loosen his chains by means of your prayers?”
               -Teresa of Avila in The Interior Castle
“Withdraw your heart from the love of things visible and turn yourself to things invisible.”
               -Thomas á Kempis in The Imitation of Christ
“…the Christian faith contends that God has chosen to reveal himself and truth about himself through Scripture and supremely in Christ...”
               -James Emery White in A Mind for God
My God, I cannot explain this faith you’ve given me.  This desire, this need to be in Southeast Asia among these people who don’t know you.  These souls who have no way of knowing you unless we who have you in our hearts, who have been given the revelation, are obedient to your call to go out into the harvest fields and “pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
I thank you, God, for revealing your mystery to me and for my call to be here sharing this mystery (see Ephesians 3:1-13).  I thank you for this great cloud of witnesses who have gone before me hearing and repeating these same revelations.  
I have no empirical evidence that my efforts are making any difference but I am compelled to do it still.  However, I do have deep, abiding experiential knowledge of how prayer effected my salvation.  I believe, in faith, that you can and will do the same in these lives all around me now.
I will declare wise sayings;
I will speak mysteries from the past—
things we have heard and known
and that our fathers have passed down to us.
               -Psalm 78:2-3

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