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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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Last night's catechumenate class* focused on prayer. I appreciated the wisdom shared by our leaders (Katie and Richard) as well as other members of the group. A sampling: Prayer is becoming conscious of what is already true. Prayer is waking up to how close God already is. ---- God is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I present-- for your quiet contemplation-- one of my favorite images. I invite you to sit with it for 30 seconds, breathing deeply and slowly, letting the associations flow... Be at peace. Be grateful. Text and image © 2018 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Earlier this week, as Tim drove me home from my MRI (and let me just insert, at this point, that I thank God for the Valium tablet I was given, because, you know, if I'm going to put in a coffin and have the outside slammed with hammers, I'd prefer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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As I lie in bed reading, Willy settles at the foot of the bed, draping the front half of his body over my right ankle. At one point, I lower the book; Willy is calmly watching me, absolutely still, mint green eyes wide in his black face. I slowly close... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I need an ALA, an Aging Limitation Adviser. An ALA would be the one to help me understand, "Okay, this is something you need to accept and live with, because--at your age--it's not going to get better." Take, for example, the question of running. From my late teens until my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Tim's Aunt Jeanne, who is 93, lives in Pittsburgh. Jeanne is a woman of great compassion and wisdom; I am glad for the two occasions I've had to spend time with her. On Saturday she sent the following text to Tim. The "Ginny" she mentions is her daughter. Here, without... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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In our living room we present a graveyard, tucked into an alcove above the fireplace. Skeletons dance among the tombstones to the eerie strains of marbled mariachis-- two with violins, three with guitars. You'd expect solemn, sad laments set to minor keys, but there is joy in this music, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I share two spooky images featuring our cat, Romeo. Romeo and Willy are both all-black cats, and Halloween is their favorite holiday. 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 Oct 29, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Don't read the Bible to gather ideas about God or doctrines about God or moralisms about God. Read the Bible to meet God, to know God, to touch God. It's not study; it's dating. It's more akin to love-making than learning. It's a mutual exchange of intimacy and being; it's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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A knock at the door. I open it to find a woman in costume... spiraling fabric, multi-colored feathers, some sort of enormous hat or headdress, a few lights running around the torso, boots that raise her a half foot off the ground, touches of metal, wood and stone... What the...?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Jesus didn't get upset with sinners. Jesus got upset with people who wouldn't admit they were sinners. The first of these statements comforts me. The second challenges me. 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 Oct 24, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Fr. Richard Rohr suggests four discernment questions for those in spiritual and political leadership: What is my agenda? What is my predisposition? What are my prejudices? What are my angers? We operate out of these four perspectives, though we are most often unaware of them. The less we recognize, acknowledge... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Every week, I have a standing date with God. Some call it "holy communion"; I think of it as an early happy hour with the one who knows me best. Even when I'm present physically but absent mentally, emotionally and/or spiritually, God grins to see me, opens God's self to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Each year at the Academy Awards, we wait two or three hours for that final category-- Best Picture-- to be announced. They hook us by saving the best for last. They conclude with what is generally considered to be the most anticipated, most significant. Did God do the same at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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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 Oct 18, 2018 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 Oct 17, 2018 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 Oct 16, 2018 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