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Dirk
Denver, CO
Seeker of meaning and stillness.
Interests: Photography, cooking, running, fitness, reading, mindfulness, peace and purity.
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Have you heard of the incarnation? You know, the act of God becoming one of us? one with us? one in us? That's the meaning of Christmas: God with DNA God with fingerprints God inhaling, exhaling God walking, talking, laughing, touching God weeping God with a heartbeat God is neither... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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You have every right to wrestle with God. Like Jacob, rudely awakened from midnight dreaming, you too may strike back, try to pin those divine shoulders to the ground, demand the blessing or the curse-- whichever you need most at this moment-- and hold on for the shift. There's no... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Are you," she asked, "a devoted soul?" "A what now?" he responded, hazily. He'd been lost in his own thoughts as they walked in silence along the river. "A devoted soul. Are you a devoted soul?" "You mean, like, devoted to God? Yes, I suppose so. Why?" She paused, looking... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Dusk, my favorite flavor of the day, transitional time-- when the business and activity that distract and tire us yield to darkness and quiet-- dishes done, coffee-maker set for morning, towels hung to dry, lights snapped out. Dusk. I light the jar candle in the sconce in the upstairs hall,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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This stand of golden aspen, white columns, gilded arches, glowing as if lit with hidden tapers-- I am in church. Is God here? Or is God this? ... Rocky outcrop, valley spreading below, and the wind, strong, steady-- I lean against it; it supports me; if it were to stop,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Live like someone left the gate open. I acted my age once. It was boring. I thought growing old would take longer. It's not hoarding if it's books. In my defense, I was left unsupervised. I meant to behave but there were too many other options. I can't believe how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Whether you run toward God or away from God, God remains the reference point, the hub, the hinge, the pivot, the center, the heart. When you run toward God, you know this; when you run away from God, you know this. In either case, it's God you respond to. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I believe that love and truth will always win. We may experience great loss, witness unimaginable suffering, feel dismay and anger over injustice, yet still affirm the truth: love and truth will always win. Love and truth will always win, because God is love and God is truth. And, because... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Perhaps, after all, the spiritual journey is less a journey of discovery and more a journey of recovery. This path increasingly leads inward to the essential self, the self forgotten, neglected, the self that has always been --has remained-- holy and divine, whole and authentic. I am recovering the wisdom... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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And then I realized it's less about what I've said and more about how I'm read. It's less what I know and more what I show. It's less about how I talk and more about how I walk. It's less the stuff I believe and more the hurt I relieve.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I quote David Ferrando Giraut: Maybe God stopped appearing because He got tired of all the noise. Maybe He only appears when the world is quiet enough to pay attention. Giraut references the world, but perhaps we could also say: God will appear when our nation is quiet enough to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I found God in the wind, as God touched my face, brushed back my hair, dried the sweat from the back of my neck. I found God in the water, as God lifted me while I swam, cooled me, washed away the day's dust. I found God in the sunshine,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Meekness is not weakness; meekness is strength; meekness is a superpower. Vulnerability is not weakness; vulnerability is strength; vulnerability is a superpower. Interdependence is not weakness; interdependence is strength; interdependence is a superpower. Humility is not weakness; humility is strength; humility is a superpower. Openness, tolerance, acceptance are not weaknesses;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I awaken this morning, but not to this house, not to this time. It's 1958. The setting? my childhood home in Grand Haven, MI, the old brick house on Lafayette Street, Gothic Revival, they call it, built in 1872 on the site of an apple orchard on the outskirts of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I'm faulty and flawed, broken and bruised, damaged and deficient, imperfect and incomplete, yet eminently lovable and worthy of love. I believe the same is true of you. Text and image © 2018 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit The60SecondSabbath.com, where spirit and image... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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"I have forgotten how to be happy," she says. "Now it comes only in brief flashes, unexpected and in odd places. I recognize it , feel it, want to grasp it, hold it, but then it goes... fleeting...momentary." "Right now?" "No." We both sip our tea, then I ask, "Last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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"I seem to have lost God," he said. "Ah, yes, that happens," she responded, then asked: "But are you missing God?" "Missing God?" "Yes. It's one thing to lose God, another to grieve the loss." "Yes, I am grieving the loss, very much so." "Then I wouldn't worry about it."... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Nothing reminds me of God quite like stillness. Nothing invites me into the presence of God quite like stillness. Nothing prepares me for God quite like stillness. Nothing quite like stillness. Text and image © 2018 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit The60SecondSabbath.com, where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Me: Oh, hey, I know you. Aren't you Jesus? Him: Yes, I am. How did you recognize me? Me: It was the hands, actually, the scars. Pretty nasty looking. Looks painful. Him: It was, very, but I've had 2000 years of healing, and now they only hurt when the weather... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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If you're waiting for certainty in matters of faith, waiting for things spiritual to be proven, a sure thing, understand that you're waiting for death, for only then will things become clear, all questions settled; only then shall certainty greet you (maybe). A major Christian mover and shaker, St. Augustine,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I prefer a happy ending to a sad one; I prefer a sad ending to a despairing one. The difference is hope. The sad ending still holds connection, meaning, authenticity, but despair brings darkness, holds nothing. A happy ending leaves us in light, a sad one in twilight with stars... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The mind is a useful tool, the heart more sophisticated. Thought solves some problems, intuition more. Reason is a useful faculty, faith a higher one. In other words, when necessary, engage mind, thought, reason, but know their limitations; then live--truly live-- from the heart, from intuition, from faith. Text and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Every photo tells a story. Every photo tells the photographer's story. A single photo presents a word, a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph of that story, and a lifetime of photos, an autobiography. Every one of your photos contributes something to the overall tale of who you are, where you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Someone I love hands me a freshly baked, warm-from-the-oven chocolate-chip cookie and a glass of cold milk. This moment feels great— warm, cozy, loving. I take a bite; the gooey chips ooze decadently in my mouth. I close my eyes and say “Mmmm…” I take a contrasting sip of chilled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Author Anne Lamott (Traveling Mercies; Plan B; Help! Thanks! Wow!; Hallelujah Anyway) has the uncanny ability to pinpoint where I'm screwing up. She does it with great humor, but it's still annoying. This, for example: You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath