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4.16.14 … “Spiritual reading, however, is different. It means not simply reading about spiritual things but also reading about spiritual things in a spiritual way. That requires a willingness not just to read but to be read, not just to master but to be mastered by words.”

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks,   Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte (35/40): 
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Wednesday Worship @ FPC was quite good.
On my way home, I  swung by MP Baptist.
So why did I think that the heavy rains the other night would clear out all the pollen. I have never seen so much pollen in one small space. Huge mounds of the yellow stuff.  Achoo!  Normally, when I walk, I practice controlled breathing as part of my meditation. I’m scared to breathe at all today. 🙂 So is it better to have it all on the ground, or better to have a floating in the air? From my  perspective, it may be better to have it all sitting on the ground and damp.
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It is really quite cool here in the shade of the midday on the labyrinth.
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There is a purple azalea bush at the side area that is about to bloom. The pink ones have already bloomed and are quite gorgeous. I realize that the white puffy ball tree that was in full bloom last week is now past its prime and almost not noticeable in the today’s light.
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From one of the devotionals I have been reading …

Reading often means gathering information, acquiring new insight and knowledge, and mastering a new field. It can lead us to degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Spiritual reading, however, is different. It means not simply reading about spiritual things but also reading about spiritual things in a spiritual way. That requires a willingness not just to read but to be read, not just to master but to be mastered by words. As long as we read the Bible or a spiritual book simply to acquire knowledge, our reading does not help us in our spiritual lives. We can become very knowledgeable about spiritual matters without becoming truly spiritual people.

As we read spiritually about spiritual things, we open our hearts to God’s voice. Sometimes we must be willing to put down the book we are reading and just listen to what God is saying to us through its words.

via Daily Meditation by Henri Nouwen | A Henri Nouwen Society Blog.


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