Weary Pilgrim in Whom Do you Trust—

On December 23, 2020, Posted by , In Books, Christian living, quotes, suffering, Tamara's Blog, By , , With No Comments

….it is pain that penetrates through despair and stimulates a new beginning—

a journey to God that becomes a life of peace.”  Eugene Peterson

“If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are trusting, what will you do in the the thicket of the Jordan? For even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; do not believe them, though they speak friendly words to you.”  Jeremiah 12:5-6 ESV

“People submerged in a culture swarming with lies and malice feel as if they are drowning in it: they can trust nothing they hear, depend on no one they meet. Such dissatisfaction with the world as it is is preparation for traveling in the way of Christian discipleship. The dissatisfaction, coupled with a longing for peace and truth, can set us on a pilgrim path of wholeness in God.”

“A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the Christian way. As long as we think the next election might eliminate crime and establish justice or another scientific breakthrough might save the environment or another pay raise might push us over the edge of anxiety into a life of tranquillity, we are not likely to risk the arduous uncertainties of the life of faith. A person has to get fed up with the ways of the world before he, before she, acquires an appetite for the world of grace.”

“Psalm 120 is the song of such a person, sick with the lies and crippled with the hate, a person doubled up in pain over what is going on in the world. But it is not a mere outcry, it is pain that penetrates through despair and stimulates a new beginning—a journey to God that becomes a life of peace.”

Eugene Peterson: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (first published in 1980)

 

 

 

 

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