..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rejoice in God, O ye tongues; give the glory to the Lord,
and the Lamb. Nations, and languages, and every creature, in which
is the breath of Life.

Let man and beast appear before him, and magnify his name together.

Let Noah and his company approach the throne of Grace, and
do homage to the Ark of their Salvation.

Let Abraham bring a Ram, and worship the God of his

Let Jacob with his speckled Drove adore the good Shepherd
of Israel.

Let Daniel come forth with a Lion, and praise God with all
his might, through faith in Christ Jesus.

Let David bless with the bear:
the beginning of victory to the Lord--

to the Lord the perfection of excellence--

Hallelujah from the heart of God, and from the hand of
the artist inimitable, and from the echo of the
heavenly harp in sweetness magnifical and mighty.

... Christopher Smart (1722-1771), Jubilate Agno [1759],
photo taken in St. Ives, UK

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Road to Zion

Road to Zion

There is a way that leads to life, the few that find it never die
Past mountain peaks graced white with snow, the way grows
brighter as it goes

There is a road inside of you,inside of me there is one too.
No stumbling pilgrim in the Dark, the road to Zion's in your heart,
the road to Zion's in your heart

The river runs beside the road, it's waters living as they flow,
in liquid voice the water calls, on thirsty knees a pilgrim falls

Sometimes a shadow dark & cold lays like a mist across the road,
but Be encouraged by the sight, where there's a shadow there's a light

Sometimes it's good to look back down, we've come so far we've gained
much ground, but joy is not in where we've been, Joy is Who's waiting
at the end

No stumbling pilgrim in the Dark,

the road to Zion's in your heart
the road to Zion's in your heart ,  
the road to Zion's in your heart .

song by Petra

enjoy it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUUkwDccef4&feature=related

photo taken in Glencoe, Scotland

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea,
you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself.
Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness,
illuminates the mind with its light,
and causes me to know your truth.
And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself.

-- Catherine of Siena

photo taken in Bathgate, Scotland

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Intercession and Stillness

Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first,
and worship God in His glory. Think of what
He can do, and how He delights to hear the
prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your
place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!

- Andrew Murray

photo taken in Searsmont, Maine

Monday, September 06, 2010

When your horse is on the brink of a precipice, it is too late to pull back on the reins.
--Chinese Proverb

photo taken in Bloomfield, Connecticut

Frederick Buechner: Faith & Letting Go

"We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become something
new by ceasing to be something old. This seems to be close to the heart
of that mystery. I know no more now than I ever did about the far side of
death as the last letting-go of all, but now I know that I do not need
to know, and that I do not need to be afraid of not knowing."
God knows. That is all that matters.

Frederick Buechner

photo taken in Ambleside, Lake District, UK