Wednesday, December 07, 2005


A post by Len reminded me of my time at Regent College. I was taking a course on the integration of spirituality and ministry - which as I look back on it now - should never be needed (if the church was doing it's job and equipping and releasing and modelling and living a life of integrated spirituality and ministry - like we're supposed to) We were given a couple of hours to walk or rest, observe, reflect and then write a poem that integrated life and learning... I forget what my poem said, I'm sure it is long gone (you can be thankful for that). But I remember thinking, I should simply write "Yes." Because all His promises are YES and AMEN...

Len writes about:
Coffee with a couple of friends yesterday, talking about ekklesia as Presence, simplicity to complexity.. then back to simplicity again. I woke this morning with the latter phrase in mind. Then leapt to mind this piece from TS Eliot.. (Little Gidding V)

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half heard, in the stillness
Between the two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always--
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)..

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