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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
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Those who rebel, though they are possessed by a noble moral cause, are often themselves proud and self-important and want power. John Calvin, who had given up on Catholicism by age 24, believed himself to have “received from God more ample enlightenment than others.”3 After throwing off the Roman yoke, he devised his own. His rules and codes for religion and society were applied in Geneva, where elected councils, elders, and pastors enforced the moral code “to take care of the life of everyone . . . to apply brotherly correction.”4 Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Take Root Devotions
I speak of prayer, not words. It is the longing for God, love too deep for words, a gift given to us only by God’s grace. When the Lord gives this kind of prayer to us, He gives us riches that cannot be taken away, heavenly food that satisfies the spirit. One who tastes this food is set on fire with an eternal longing for the Lord: such a person’s spirit burns as in a fire of utmost intensity. St. John Chrysostom Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Take Root Devotions
We do not know how we are to pray but the Spirit pleads for us with inexpressible longings. Romans 8: 26 Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Take Root Devotions
“Question Authority”. That was a popular bumper sticker from a few years past. It summed up the bedrock of our culture. From 1776 until the present time, it has been one of the assumed rights of Americans; an attitude of suspicion toward authority. Yet, Christians are nurtured spiritually on doctrines of submission, humility and obedience. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
This is at once my own being, my own nature and the Gift of the Creator’s Thought and Art within me, speaking as my sister Wisdom. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
In this great river of life that flows behind us and before us let us know that we are carried by You. In this great river of life that flows around us and through us let us know that we carry You and can reverence You in all that has life . . . That Glory can be handled, seen and known in the matter of earth and human relationship and in the most ordinary matters of daily life, assure us again this day, O God. Sounds of the Eternal; A Celtic Psalter John PHilip Newell Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The lit candle, of course symbolizes the person’s prayers. The fire on the candle, as fire usually does, represents the Holy Spirit. I tried to imagine myself as a candle for the Lord. Instead I thought of a charcoal briquette. A picture of a glowing pile of charcoal in a little grill flashed on the screen of my imagination. Hot glowing little bricks of charcoal like fire in an envelope of fine ash. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The grass is vibrant,, the rocks pulsate, All is in flux; turn but a stone and an angel moves. “Mariah made to Rise” The Whole Earth George MacLeod Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Where can I go from Your spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of sea, even there Your hand shall lead me. Psalm 139 Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
God is eternal, and eternity is fire, and that is God. And God is not hidden, no silent fire, but an acting fire. The Holy Spirit is life-giving life, Mover of the universe and root of all created being. She cleans the universe of unfairness, she repays the debt, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
I have been put in a lonely place. Rarely alone, but nonetheless, lonely. By concentration and closed eyes, by using the opportune, but erratically occurring periods of “silence”, (not to be construed as quiet – for it is never quiet) I find much time to pray. I have to lose sleep, give up time that could be used for reading, letter writing, games, TV, radio, socializing, etc., and by doing so I am able to apprehend from 1 ½ to 2 hours a day for prayer. This is quite a lot for me. I have never prayed with such consistency or discipline. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Be kind! Be the loving expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your eyes, kindness in your face, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greetings. I believe that the way in which an act of kindness is done is as important as the act itself.”–Teresa of Calcutta Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The Book of Wisdom laments those who "search busily among (God's) works but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair . . . . If they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord? Wisdom 13: 7-9 Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
He required two things of Abraham. He wanted from Abraham the same thing he wanted from Adam and Eve. First, he said, “Walk in my presence.” That means God wants Abraham’s company. God desires company. Second, he said, “and be blameless.” This refers to holiness or piety, or to be good company for the LORD as he makes his rounds. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Listen well, O peoples of the earth, to inner promptings of the Spirit. Let Silence enter your house that that you may hear. (Nan Merrill) Psalm 78: 1-2 What was delivered to Moses on tablets of stone, as the fruit of lightening and thunder, is now more thoroughly born in our souls as quietly as the breath of your own being. Thomas Merton Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
I will not fear the darkness where, desiring to find you, my desire does not seem to find you. But if I desire you, I have already found you. If I love you, you are with me. If I cry out to you, you have already heard my voice. Thomas Merton Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
With your hand in hers, you will never falter. With her protecting you, you will have no fear. Her kindness will always be with you. Then you will know from your own experience how true it is that "the Virgin's name was Mary." St Bernard of Clairvaux Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
An attitude of silence can give expression to personal moments of reverence. Such silence leads us into rest which is an activity with God that allows us to truly live. Such silence leads to peace which has been called the stillness of order; a dynamic stillness. O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we are saved, in quietness and confidence is our strength. By the power of your Holy Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we are still and learn that you are God’ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
. . Everywhere a great joy is preceded by a greater suffering. St. Augustine Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
My baby, God’s kid, has a crack cocaine smoking mother who occasionally resorts to crime (including blue-light special sexual favors on dangerous corners and strip club parking lots) to stave off homelessness and support her drug habit. Her daddy has been jailed several times this year. Once for beating his landlady for demanding rent and once for beating the child’s mother. However, when Mom and Dad were sober you couldn’t help hoping. . . . Hoping for the best, however, getting a consensus on the definition of “the best” is not easy. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"The nothingness of me is strangely loved; Sustaining ever -- The all of love, my need, is strangely here -- Departing never." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"I long for no other treasure but love, for it alone can make us pleasing to God." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"You must not set yourself up as a judge-that is God's right alone-your only mission is to be an angel of peace." St. Therese, The Little Flower Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
I always felt very disappointed that I had to drop out of school. After Sam and I secretly married in Kentucky the preacher did exactly opposite of what we asked of him. He published the news of the marriage in our home town newspaper and that was like a blanket bombing of my life. Sam had been accepted into Ohio State on the GI Bill and we planned on living in the married person’s quarters on the campus. I had also hoped to go to school myself. But, Mother had such a fit and had everybody believing I was pregnant that even Daddy was carried away with the news. He told Sam, “You married her. You keep her.” Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"We practice charity much better when we are helping a person who is less appealing to us." St. Therese of Lisieux Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Take Root Devotions