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May 04, 2005

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arnold

I just read this and maybe you'll find it helpful.

"[a person] is incessantly distressed by the crazy indifference and the heart breaking dumbness of a natural environment in which the greater part of an individual endeavor seems wasted or lost, where the blow and the cry seem stifled on the spot, without awakening any echo.

All that desolation is only on the surface.

But let us leave the surface, and, without leaving the world, plunge into God. There, and from there, in him and through him, we shall hold all things and have command of all things. There we shall one day rediscover the essence and brilliance of all the flowers and the lights which we were forced to abandon so as to be faithful in life.

-Teilhard de Chardin

Paddy O.

I think thoughts like these are why I've found so much comfort in 1 Samuel 15:22 "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams." (NLT)

A lot of Christian ministry is 'the fat of rams' I think. We do and do and do, trying to fulfill our obligations and missing the point of it all. If we love we fulfill the whole law, and in doing that we end up finding the fluidity of the Spirit who really is better at doing the work of Christ than any of us.

"But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself ? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

Always good to choose the better part, and methinks you are choosing the better part. May we all choose such obedience.

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