Twenty Thirteen

Image(Bemidji, MN October 2013, journal which contains my favorite quotes pictured here)

My blog and year (and life) is mostly a composite of photographs I’ve taken & quotes by folks I admire.

So here is 2013 in quotes from books I read & photos I took.

In no order.

Just like my blog.

And year.

And life.

Image(Bloomington, MN August 2013)

Surprised by Joy—C.S. Lewis

“Shut your mouth, open your eyes and ears. Take in what is there and give no thought to what might have been there or what is somewhere else. That can come later, if it must come at all.”
“The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and his compulsion is our liberation.”
“I think that all things, in their way, reflect Heavenly truth, the imagination not the least.”
“It is more important that Heaven should exist than that any of us should reach it.”

(Duluth, MN May 2013)

The Pursuit of God—A.W. Tozer
“…but if my fire is not large, it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at it’s flame.”
“Let the inquiring Christian trample under foot every slippery trick of his deceitful heart and insist upon frank and open relations with the Lord.”
“He meant us to see Him and live with Him and draw our life from His smile.”
“A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here waiting our response to His presence. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon it’s reality.”
“Men do not know that God is there. What a difference it would make if they knew.”
“God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination, and the divine sovereignty. The best and safest way to deal with those truths is to raise our eyes to God and in deepest reverence say, ‘O Lord, Thou knowest.’ Those things belong to the deep and mysterious profound of God’s omniscience.”
“In the living breathing cosmos there is a mysterious Something, too wonderful, too awful for any mind to understand. The believing man does not claim to understand. He falls to his knees and whispers, ‘God.’”
“So one hundred worshippers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”
“Keep reminding God in our times of private prayer that we mean every act for His glory; then supplement those times by a thousand thought-prayers as we go about the job of living.”
(San Diego, CA September 2013)
Gift from the Sea—Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Now, instead of planting our solitude with our own dream blossoms, we choke the space with continuous music, chatter, and companionship to which we do not even listen…we must re-learn how to be alone.”
“And yet, once it is done, I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.”
“…the truth of Saint-Exupery’s line: ‘Love does not consist in gazing at each other (one perfect sunrise gazing at another!) but in looking outward together in the same direction.’”
“And one perfect day can give clues fora  more perfect life.”
“This is what one thirsts for, I realize, after the smallness of the day, of work, of details, of intimacy – even of communication, one thirsts for the magnitude and universality of a night full of stars, pouring into one like a fresh tide.”
“Out of the welter of life, a few people are selected for us but he accident of temporary confinement in the same circle. We never would have chosen these neighbors; life chose them for us. But thrown together on this island of living, we stretch to understand each other and are invigorated by the stretching.”

Image(Crosslake, MN July 2013)

Can You Drink the Cup?—Henry J.M. Nouwen
“How does anyone dare to speak about joy in the face of unspeakable human sorrows surrounding us? And yet, it is there! For anyone who has the courage to enter our human sorrows deeply, there is a revelation of joy, hidden like a precious stone in the wall of a dark cave.”
“Jesus, who participated fully in all our pain, wants us to participate fully in His glory.”
 (Crosslake, MN July 2013)
Tremendous Trifles—GK Chetserton
“I will sit still and let the marvels and the adventures settle on me like flies. There are plenty of them, I assure you. The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”
“Mercy does not mean not being cruel or sparing people revenge or punishment; it means a plain and positive thing like the sun, which one has either seen or not seen.”
“The poetry of art is in beholding the single tower; the poetry of nature in seeing the single tree; the poetry of love in following the single woman; the poetry of religion in worshipping the single star.”
“This world and the powers in it are far more awful and beautiful than even we know until some accident reminds us.”
“Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.”
“Never had I stood so close to pain, and so far away from pessimism.”
“The great human dogma, then, is that the wind moves the trees. The great human heresy is that the trees move the wind.”
“Sometimes I fancy that every great city must have been built at night. At least, it is only at night that every part of a great city is great. All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.”
“I saw a light too near the earth to mean anything except the image of God.”
“…and of a sane man there is only one safe definition. He is a man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.”
“That is what makes life at once so splendid and so strange. We are in the wrong world. When I thought that was the right town, it bored me; when I knew it was wrong, I was happy. So the false optimism, the modern happiness, tires us because it tells us we fit into this world. The true happiness is that we don’t fit. We come from somewhere else. We have lost our way.”

Image(St. Louis Park, MN November 2013)

A Grief Observed—C.S. Lewis

“You can’t, in most things, get what you want if you want it too desperately: anyway, you can’t get the best of it. ‘Now! let’s have a real good talk’ reduces everyone to silence, ‘I must get a good sleep tonight’ ushers hours of wakefulness. Delicious drinks are wasted on a really ravenous thirst.”
“On the other hand, ‘Knock and it shall be opened.’ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac? And there’s also ‘To him that hath shall be given.’ After all, you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give. Perhaps your own passion temporarily destroys the capacity.”
“For all sorts of mistakes are possible when you are dealing with Him. Long ago, before we were married, H. was haunted all one morning as she went about her work with the obscure sense of God (so to speak) ‘ at her elbow,’ demanding her attention. And of course, not being a perfected saint, she had the feeling that it would be a question, as it usually is, of some unreported sin or tedious duty. At last she gave in – I know how one puts it off – and faced Him. But the message was, ‘I want to give you something,’ and instantly she entered into joy.”
“For a good wife contains so many persons in herself. What was H. not to me? She was my daughter and my mother, my pupil and my teacher, my subject and my sovereign; and always, holding all these in solution, my trusty comrade, friend, shipmate, fellow soldier. My mistress; but at the same time all that any man friend (and I have good ones) has ever been to me. Perhaps more.”
“It is arrogance in us to call frankness, fairness, and chivalry ‘masculine’ when we see them in a woman; it is arrogance in them, to describe a man’s sensitiveness or tact or tenderness as ‘feminine’. But also what poor, warped fragments of humanity most mere men and mere women must be to make the implication sod the arrogance plausible. Marriage heals this. Jointly the two become fully human. ‘In the image of God He created them.’ Thus, by a paradox, this carnival of sexuality leads us our beyond our sexes.”
“God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trail he makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.”
“I need Christ. Not something that resembles Him.”
“Can a mortal ask questions which God find unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask-hale our great theological and metaphysical problems-are like that.”
“Rebuke, explain, mock, forgive. For this is one of the miracles of love; it gives—to both, but perhaps especially to the woman—a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.”
And my wish for all those I know & love in 2014:

Image(San Diego, CA September 2013)


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