Tag: Ruth Haley Barton

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Final Thoughts on Solitude

There is so much more to say about the practice of silence and solitude but I will finalize my thoughts today.  But lest I give the impression that silence and solitude are the only means by which we encounter God, let me proclaim an emphatic “No!” Silence and solitude are just one of the many environments ...

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Thoughts on Solitude

Today I thought I'd post what others have to say about the practice of solitude: “The invitation to solitude and silence is just that. It is an invitation to enter more deeply into the intimacy of relationship with the One who waits just outside the noise and busyness of our lives.  It is an invitation ...

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Rooted in Spiritual Reality

 The invitation by Jesus to “abide” or keep company with him (John 15: Matt. 11), is not so much about strategy as is being attentive to his continual, available presence. In other words, Bible reading and prayer are not the only two activities that count spiritually.  When we only view spiritual practices as prayer and ...

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A Season of New Beginnings

Here’s an article by one of my favorite authors, Ruth Haley Barton.  As we enter the New Year with the opportunity to begin again, her words invite us to seek and find new ways to open ourselves to God’s presence. Epiphany: A New Kind of Journey Posted on January 5th, 2011 by Ruth Haley Barton ...

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Waiting in the Midst of Our Fears

“Waiting is not a very popular attitude.  Waiting is not something that people think about with great sympathy.  In fact, most people consider waiting a waste of time.  Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, “Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just ...