Holding on

We’re coming up on the final days of Lent. It’s been quite the journey.

Today, just a short reminder of what drawing near to God entails, because it is so easy to forget:

People in earlier generations had more familiarity with the characteristics of fire than we do. Until a hundred years ago, there was no experience of light that was not provided by fire, whether candlelight, lamplight, or campfire. All scriptural references to “light” assume the presence of fire.

Fire is brilliant, illuminating, and warming, but is also dangerous in its power. It must be treated with respect. Fire does not compromise or make allowances. In an encounter, any change that takes place will be on the part of the one approaching the fire—not the fire itself.

God is changeless by His very nature. If you approach Him, you are going to be the one doing the changing.

~ Frederica Mathewes-Green, First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew

Gooseberry Falls, MN 2017


May we chase and embrace the light, even when it burns,


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