September 15th, 2014

rooted in the stagnation and restlessness of the corrupted now

It is now in the now 7:23 AM Monday morning here where I am. I got up around 6:57 AM to face another day of my life. I am still waking up. I made a pot of coffee and got the morning paper off our driveway already. Outside this morning it feels like autumn. It is suppose to rain today. Carol is off today from work and has an eye appointment this morning. Sometime this morning we will go food gathering. I am on a diet so I will not get any food for me. I plan to eat very little the rest of my existence.

I got out to read these two books from my library.

"Beginning Well: Christian Conversion & Authentic Transformation" by Gordon T. Smith

"Transforming Conversion: Rethinking The Language And Contours Of Christian Initiation" by Gordon T. Smith

Yesterday I read stuff on the Charismatic movement and reviews of John MacArthur's book, "Strange Fire:The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship". I went to bed early last night. Carol soon followed me to bed.

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So existence goes by. Not much else to report. Oh, I forgot to mentioned Carol and I skyped Emily, Caleb and Josephine last night. Little Joseie is five days old. Emily's mother was there visiting when we skyped.

Well I will close to write in my paper diary and wait it out.

I now remember we watched on PBS the Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt's last night. I collect books on Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt.

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    contemplative contemplative

it does not feed on corpses, that is, carnal desires

It is 11:23 AM late Monday morning in the flow here in West Michigan. Where are you guys from?

I have been reading this morning "On Contemplation" by Guigo De Ponte (lived during the 13th century). I am almost finished reading this treatise and might read next a book titled, "Angelic Wisdom: The Cherubim And The Grace Of Contemplation In Richard Of St. Victor" by Steven Chase.

Carol was gone this morning getting her eyes checked. This morning she made an appointment for me to have my eyes checked. It is a blessing to have eyes. I remember this prayer of the apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, "do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints" Ephesians 1:16-18.

I looked at these books this morning while wandering through our library-

"Filled with the Spirit" by John R. Levison

"The Spirit And Christ In The New Testament & Christian Theology" Editors I. Howard Marshall, Volker Rabens, & Cornelis Bennema

Well I suppose I will close with this quote from the treatise "On Contemplation"-

"But when the godly spirit senses that she abounds more richly in grace and sees herself powerfully swept by the Spirit, who leads forth to overcome her animal nature and gloom, she may realize that she is in a spiritual state in which the understanding strives to find a ray of purest truth by following the thirsting affectus invigorated by the Spirit. If the coarse worldly cloud is wiped away from the envisioning heart, she sometimes sees ineffably that unspeakable light that truly is God. This occurs in a small way and most imperfectly because of the powerful reverberation and fleeting transit of the divine light of truth and because her capacity is so limited as to be like blindness. Held back by the animal nature of human weakness, she sees something but never sees the light as it really is, and she always knows that she is inestimably distant from the supreme light. Hence Gregory says, "The cloud of our corruption hides the light incorruptible from us. Though the light may be seen in some manner, nevertheless it cannot be seen as it is. This itself shows us how far away that light is. For if the soul could not make out the light at all, she would not know that it is far away; on the other hand, if she discerned it perfectly, she would certainly not be seeing it as if through a cloud. Since one neither perceives it perfectly nor fails to see it at all, it is rightly said that God is seen from afar."" pg. 226, 227 Guigo De Ponte
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Windmill Island

This afternoon we took Rudy for a walk at Windmill Island and then visited Reader's World Bookstore downtown Holland. Carol and I bought some books and a newspaper then came home. Existence keeps speeding by.

Windmill Island

Windmill Island

Windmill Island

Windmill Island
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    Oranssi Pazuzu "Valonielu"