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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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Before you look down your nose at those on welfare (or any other form of public assistance), before you dismiss them as lazy or decry their "sense of entitlement," recognize that you, too, are on welfare, God's welfare. The self-made man or woman is an illusion; whatever comfort you enjoy,... Continue reading
Posted 19 minutes ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Go back to Creation. Who are we, you and I? We are dirt... and we are the breath of God. We are the breath of God... and we are dirt. Remember both. We are mud, clay, sand, soil. We are soul, divinity, love, eternity. Remember both. Text and image ©... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The 60-Second Sabbath
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If you're worshiping Jesus and not imitating him you're missing the point. Jesus never said, "Tell me how wonderful I am!" or "Tell me how much you love me!" but instead, very simply, quite pointedly, "Follow me." Do as I do. Love as I love. Give as I give. Text... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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today i feel small i feel reduced, lower-cased, unseen, unheard insignificant, unnecessary pointless looking in through the window at the warm glow of involvement and embrace today i am particularly grateful for the sufficiency of God Text and image © 2018 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The world doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. (Perfect world? No. Beautiful world? Yes.) Life doesn't have to be perfect to be enjoyable. (Perfect life? No. Joy-filled life? Yes.) I don't have to be perfect to be worthy and loved. (Perfect me? No. Worthy, lovable me? Yes.) Today... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
Typepad HTML Email Thank you for allowing your dog to be my model for this post! Have any of your dogs ever eaten something you then needed to look for? I recall doing that with our dog Socrates when I was a kid…though I don’t recall what he swallowed. Sent from Mail for Windows 10
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2018 on Lost Homework at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Matthew 13:24-30 We are all a mixture of both, and Jesus knew this-- Wheat, warm and golden, ready for harvesting, ripe to please the senses, feed the body and spirit, share with others, energize. Weeds, prickly and sticky, interfering with life and love, obscuring the sun, stealing the rain, wrapping... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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A true story from yesterday's Sunday School class: Maeve announced: "My dog ate my homework this week." "Oh, really?" "Yes. I had to show my teacher the x-ray to prove it." "Wait...what? The x-ray?" "It was on a flash drive. I lose a lot of flash drives." "Your dog ate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Have you listened to the passages from Hebrew Scripture (what we tend to call the Old Testament) that Jesus quotes? He does not, for example, quote the ritualistic and legalistic language of Numbers. He does not quote any of the "shall nots" of Leviticus 18-20. He ignores the justified violence... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I've had it with political ads. Fact-checking (which I do appreciate) shows how clearly these ads (from all sides, for all candidates, for all issues) are carefully designed to mislead, misinform, deceive. How did we (as a nation) get to the place where this is okay? What happened to basic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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It happens like this: The summer night is warm, so you pull back any blanket, bedspread or comforter and sleep beneath only the top sheet. During the night, the wind picks up, blowing in the open window a few feet from the bed, gently lifting the sheet a few inches... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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(Mark 9:30-37) So here is Jesus, nakedly vulnerable, as always, talking of his death, which is never easy, and certainly all the harder when anticipating the hatred and violence: "They will kill me..." His followers greet this announcement with uncomfortable silence. "Awkward," thinks one. "Paranoid," murmurs another. "Bit dramatic." "Whatever."... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
Indeed! Thanks, George!
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Sometimes, like this morning, a photo is all I've got: Text and image © 2018 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit The60SecondSabbath.com, where spirit and image merge. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Back in June of 1971, I packed up my red Dodge Colt hatchback and drove from Michigan to Ocean View, VA (next door to Norfolk) for my Seminary Summer Assignment. I was assigned to the Ocean View Christian Reformed Church. That summer I did everything a pastor does, from preaching... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Last week I dreamed: I stand at the edge of "the void," looking out into emptiness, darkness, simply knowing (as we do in dreams) that this vast nothingness is, in fact, God. My first thought is confusion (my emotion, fear): How can nothingness be God? But as I stand there,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Within you-- deep within you-- within your heart of hearts-- God cries out to God. And then-- from deep within you-- God answers that cry. From deep within you, God calls to God; for you, with you, God calls to God, and, ever and always, responds. Text and image ©... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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"I think," she said, drawing deeply on her cigarette, then exhaling a long, drifting plume, "that all spiritual journeys, all faiths, as they draw closer to truth, to what is real, to God (however named or defined), simultaneously draw closer to one another, and, at some Gracious, Unknowable Center join,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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When we walk together, you and I, side-by-side, we are two individuals in relationship. But with God it is different; when I walk with God, God and I are not two, but one. No line exists between Soul and Source, no separation. Our relationship is a relationship of One. You're... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I am the light of the stars, lush meadow grass, clouds scattering rain. I am the pain of the lonely, pangs of the guilty, bruises of the beaten. I am the tenderness of a mother cat, sweetness of childhood memory, hearty laughter of friends. I am the seasons that pass,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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You may not realize it, but God has a key to the backdoor of your heart. This is a good thing, since so often we don't allow access from the front. Silently entering through the backdoor, God slips past your ego which, it turns out, has no interest in God... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Do you speak the language of the heart? The heart speaks of inclusion, merging, infusion, union. Do you speak the language of the mind? The mind speaks of categories, differences, separation, division. I speak both, though I have learned that the language of the heart-- especially now-- desperately needs to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Hi, God: I want to help you. I want to to clean your toilet, to vacuum your rugs, to take out your trash, listen as you talk about your day, provide a hug, straighten your collar, pick up your prescriptions. I want to wash your feet, to straighten your room,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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You were created by God to meet a need in God. Your uniqueness, that which, perhaps, causes you to question who you are, why you're here, what's your point, is exactly what meets a particular need in God. Without you, that need would go unfilled, unmet, which would be sad... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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A vision? a dream? It is nighttime. I lay on my back in a forest clearing. The velvet black expanse of sky shimmers with pinpoints of light, a million, million glimmering stars and planets blink, wink, shine above me. I am awe-filled. They begin to rotate, swirl, turning around a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath