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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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God of air and atmosphere, speak to me in the autumn wind, its rush through the trees, the sweep of tree branches against the piercing sky, leaves swept and lifted across the yard, leaning into the sudden gust as I walk the neighborhood, the stripping bare, removing pretense. God of... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I have been dismayed to see how many of my friends on Facebook have posted "Me Too" acknowledging their personal experiences with sexual abuse and harassment. In doing so, they announce their support for the movement to end this evil, and, more importantly, demonstrate their support for those who have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Look around your home. You likely have items in plain view that were beautifully, carefully, lovingly designed and crafted. Some are easily identified as "art," like paintings or photographs. Others are less obvious, until you stop to look: a piece of furniture, for example, or your engagement ring, the light... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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There is holiness in all that emanates from God. Nature emanates from God. Therefore we find holiness in nature. ---- There is holiness in all that emanates from God. Art emanates from God. Therefore we find holiness in art. ---- There is holiness in all that emanates from God. We... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I pause in the yard, rake at mid-stroke-- a vast V of geese sail, wheel overhead, above maple red, above aspen gold. They call to each other, honking encouragement: This way. Steady on. No one left behind! Except me and my Crayola pile of leaves. Text and image © 2017... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Think of your inner life as a cone or a spiral. At the top of the cone-- the large opening-- lives your superficial self-- thoughts, feelings, reactions. At the very bottom of the cone lies your essential self, your true self... and God. Another way to say it: God is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The priest spread her arms, sweeping our focus to the elements of the Eucharist. Behold what you are, she said, and, Become what you receive. Behold what you are: gift from God, gift to each other, holy fuel, nourishment, tradition and promise, hope and healing... Become what your receive: life,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Languishing, the great Christian virtue, hospitality-- darling of both testaments (Sodom was lost for lack of it)-- grasps at snapping twigs: a "Welcome" sign, a ramp to the door, a smiling usher, coffee and a cookie. Sweet, dear, desperate hospitality, it is both simpler and tougher than that: Open all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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A naked intention sent Godward is always prayer enough... intention unaccompanied by strategy or structure, sans pretense, sans commentary... ...mere openness. Offer vulnerability and receptiveness and allow God to be God. Release the intention, still the heart, rest in the Presence. Text and image © 2017 by Dirk deVries. All... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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If we read the Bible with Eastern ears, acknowledging that the Bible was written in the East, not the West, with Eastern literary forms, Eastern symbolism and metaphor and an Eastern emphasis on intuition, imagery and union, we realize that the self is in God. It is a Christianity filtered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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When I walked into the kitchen this morning, eager for my warming cup of cinnamon decaf, I found a note on the counter ...from Sophia. It started: Sorry we missed you. Figured you were sleeping in because of the gray skies and snow. Enjoy! Then she got to the point:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Taste and see that the Lord is good. Ah, the dazzling radiance of God! Ah, the sweet perfume of God! Ah, the soft, flannel warmth of God! Ah, the savory spiciness of God! Ah, the harmonious hum of God! God of my senses, overwhelm me; I collapse into you. Text... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
Oh, Jim...thank you for this.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2017 on Where Was God? at The 60-Second Sabbath
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In our sudden eagerness to rid ourselves of all those pesky "foreigners" [an enormous sin, by the way-- big enough to move God to exile God's people so they'd understand firsthand how enormous a sin it really is] Jesus has been deported. Yes, Jesus has been deported: ICE hunted him... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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God was reaching for the falling. God was slipping in blood and sorrow. God was running, holding, sheltering. God was being shot, hundreds of times. God was screaming, weeping. God was shouting into ears too damaged to hear, "Stop, please stop!" Where was God? God was busy dying... Text and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Time to drink from a much deeper well. God is an experience, not an idea. Text and image © 2017 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit The60SecondSabbath.com, where spirit and image merge. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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You and Your Beloved Are you in a relationship, a union of commitment, a marriage, perhaps, or a powerful, nurturing friendship? Have you in some way made a public pronouncement of the mystery of your intimacy? If you have, you also stand on holy ground, and just like with Moses... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Jesus and John Five times toward the end of his gospel, John calls himself, "The disciple whom Jesus loved." The disciple whom Jesus loved. John identifies Peter as Peter, Mary as Mary, but himself? The disciple whom Jesus loved. When I was a kid, I got the idea from somewhere,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Ruth and Naomi Ruth sticks with her mother-in-law Naomi, who has lost not only her husband, but both her sons. Naomi urges Ruth to leave and return to her homeland, but Ruth's loyalty and love are too strong. We fall silent-- in awe-- at Ruth's words: Don't ask me to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Jonathan and David 1 Samuel 10:17: Once again Jonathan made David promise to love him, for Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself. Later, after communicating to David that his life is in danger and that he must flee, Jonathan and David kiss each other, weep with each... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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There are many stories in the storybook we call the Bible to which the appropriate response is silence, not discussion, wonder, not analysis, absorption, not dissection. There stories are experienced most potently in quiet attention to the stories themselves, not in a sermon that picks the story apart, detail by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Near the end of my walk yesterday I was startled and dismayed to come upon a dead cat on the grass just beside the sidewalk. I suppose she was hit by a car, perhaps the night before. She was a beautiful cat, lying on her side, paws crossed, eyes closed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The best translation of the gospel will not be found in the Bible but in you. Living the gospel trumps reading it, discussing it. It's the point and purpose. Dynamic you... living, responding, revealing, embodying. Illustrative you... healing, reconciling, restoring, expanding. The way to introduce Christ is to be Christ.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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September is here. Fall begins Friday. Kids back in school. Summer trips now memory. Perhaps now is the time to take the most needed break-- a vacation from yourself, which can be the best, most relaxing vacation of all. It's not to the mountains or the beach or Disneyland or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Summer slows, sighs to an end. This is how it feels: Text and image © 2017 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 15, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath