August 2nd, 2015

make a joyful noise unto the Lord

It is in the flow 5:24 AM Sunday morning Eastern Standard Time. I got up this morning around 4:48 AM. I do not know why I woke up so early. I might go back to bed when Carol goes to church this morning. So I got up to face a new week, made a pot of coffee and have been messing with our main computer.

Yesterday I picked up Carol at the Grand Rapids Airport around 3:45 PM. She drove us home. When we got home Carol made a grocery list and we went grocery shopping. This afternoon Caleb, Emily, and Josie are visiting Grandpa and Grandma/the old folks.

During the evening hours we watched television and went to bed early. Now is is another day to figure it all out before everything ends with a bang.

The last book I attempted to read yesterday was a book titled, "Tending the Holy: Spiritual Direction Across Traditions" Edited By Norvene Vest. I am reading in this book Chapter Six: From a Graceful Center Spiritual Directions for Evangelicals by Lisa A Myers.

I did get out this morning to read these book for morning worship. One thought I have had lately goes with music. I have noticed lately how much music is a part of day to life in the world. I do not think we realize music is religious in nature. Man is a religious being making music is an expression of his/her spirituality. To me everything that goes on in the world is religious. Man was made to worship God. Instead of using music to show worship to God, man performs music to false gods. All music is a form of religious praise. It seems most music being performed in the world is directed to idols or false ideas of existence. All music is an interpretation/commentary of/on reality.

Well back to the books I got out to read this morning.

"'Return to Me' A Biblical Theology of Repentance" by Mark J. Boda

"Luke" New Testament III Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Beth Kreitzer

"Tending the Holy: Spiritual Direction Across Traditions" Edited By Norvene Vest

Well I suppose I will close to drift through the morning hours. There is no way out.

"[14] Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
[15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
[16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
[17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
[18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
[19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
[20] Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
[21] Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God." Ephesians 5:14-21
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the light that comes from God's living in the center of the soul

It is in the flow 6:43 PM Saturday evening. Caleb, Emily, and Josiah left for their place in GR around 5 o'clock PM. Papa and Nonie had a good time seeing Caleb, Emily, and little Josie Joy.

I am down in the lower level putting these books away.

"A Blue Hand: The Tragicomic, Mind-Altering Odyssey of Allen Ginsberg, a Holy Fool, a Rebel Muse, a Dharma Bum, and His Prickly Bride in India" by Deborah Baker

"Strange Moon: The Japan And India Journals: 1960-1964" by Joanne Kyger

"The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder" Edited by Bill Morgan

"Passage Through India" An Expanded And Illustrated Edition by Gary Snyder

Caleb, Emily, and Josie showed up here around 12:30 PM for lunch and to visit. Little Josie Joy is growing fast. She will soon be one years old.

I have no plans for the evening hours. I have been up since 4:48 AM this morning. I have no plans for the rest of the week. My wife works Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I will seek to live in a state of contemplative/listening in silence as existence flows by.

All I have attempted to read today is from a book titled, "Tending the Holy: Spiritual Direction Across Traditions" Edited By Norvene Vest. I have been reading this evening chapter 7, 'Freedom to Souls Spiritual Accompaniment According to the Carmelite Tradition by Michael Plattig, O. Carm.. I would say that due to me reading for 45 years the 'Collected Writings of St. John of the Cross' that Carmelite Spirituality has had an impact on my idea of what is the Christian life (joined with the Pauline Epistles/New Testament).

Not much else to report this evening so I will close to rest.

"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children" Ephesians 5:1

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ" 1 Corinth. 11:1

Josie Joy
Josiah
  • Current Music
    Cult of Youth 'Final Days'

the nature of union

I came across something this evening that to me sets forth the goal of the Christian life. Christians should seek to have spiritual fellowship with believers who are seeking union with God.

"25. (Date and place uncertain)
The nature of union
In explaining the nature of union to me, He said:
1. "Don't think, daughter, that union lies in being very close to me. For those, too, who offend me are close, although they may not want to be. Neither does it consist in favors and consolations in prayer, even though these may reach a very sublime degree. Though these favors may come from Me, they are often a means for winning souls, even souls that are not in the state of grace."

I was experiencing a lofty elevation of the spirit when I heard those words. The Lord gave me understanding of what spirit was and in what state my soul then was and how to understand the words of the Magnificat, Exultavit spiritus meus. I wouldn't know how to describe this experience. It seems to me I was given an understanding that the spirit is the highest part of the will.

2. Getting back to union, I understood that it consists in the spirit being pure and raised above all earthly things so that there is nothing in the soul that wants to turn aside from God's will; but there is such conformity with God in spirit and will, and detachment from everything, and involvement with Him, that there is no thought of love of self or of any creature. . ." pg. 332 Spiritual Testimonies Volume One 'The Collected Works of St. Teresa Of Avila'

This evening I have been wandering my cell and reading these books for evening worship.

"Tending the Holy: Spiritual Direction Across Traditions" Edited By Norvene Vest

"The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross" translated by Kavanaugh & Rodriguez

"The Collected Works of St. Teresa Of Avila" Volume One translated by Kavanaugh & Rodriguez

I will close to seek union with God the Lord Jesus Christ.

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