Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Monthly Archives: August 2006

Best Friend…

“A best friend is someone with whom you can joke freely, be serious comfortably, be open easily, never worrying about giving offense. A best friend is, as philosopher George Santayana once put it, the person with whom you ‘can be most human,’ which is another way of saying, be most yourself.”

Joseph Epstein

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God and Self-Realization…

“I am increasingly uncomfortable with current images of God, as often found in books and workshops that mix popular psychology with a theology wholly devoted to self-realization. They seem to reverse the first question in the catechism (making it) ‘the chief end of God is to glorify men and women and enjoy them forever.’ I really don’t want a God who is solicitous of my every need, fawning for my attention, eager for nothing in the world so much as the fulfillment of my self-potential. One of the scourges of our age is that all of our deities are housebroken and eminently companionable; far from demanding anything, they ask only how they can more meaningfully enhance the lives of those they serve.”

Belden Lane

God’s Indifference…

“I often tell my students that if I weren’t a Christian, raised in the Reformed tradition, I would probably be a Jew, and if I weren’t a Jew, I’d be a Buddhist. These three traditions engage me by the power of their stories, the seriousness with which they engage the meaning of suffering, and their strange, even fierce, attitude toward God. The people of these faiths, formed by mountains, desert and tough terrain, celebrate, oddly enough, a sense of God’s indifference to the assorted hand-wringing anxieties of human life.”

Belden Lane

Holy Quiet…

“For Thomas Merton, the Cistercian monk, deepening one’s own self-understanding requires a disciplined practice of meditation or contemplative prayer, made possible only by regular doses of holy quiet.”

Philip Simmons Learning to Fall

Iceland Fantasy

Anthony Hanson has a musical page that you must not miss.

http://tothequiet.blogspot.com/2006/08/glosoli.html 

Rain in the Desert…

It rained today in our back yard. We stood and watched and listened and smelled and smiled. And held each other. And soaked up the glory of rain in the desert.