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Morning Stillness   2 comments

Morning Stillness Draft

Above:  Part of the Rough Draft of the Poem

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My preferred and primary style of private prayer is contemplative.  I become more contemplative as I age, in fact.  Besides, excessive talking to God gets in the way of listening as much as one should.

KRT

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As the deer longs for the water-brooks,

so longs my soul for you, O God.

My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God;

when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?

–Psalm 42:1-2, The Book of Common Prayer (1979)

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I sit amid quiet

interrupted by the gentle

movement of a clock hand,

the sound of the conditioning of air,

and the slight

voice of vehicles

driven on the close thoroughfare.

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I sit, think, and listen

to the near-absence of noise

and find it appealing

and necessary for my soul.

To it I have learned to hasten

so I can hear its voice

through my inner self ring;

its absence takes a terrible toll.

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This stillness I need;

this quiet I crave and desire,

for to my life it is crucial

yet sometimes in short supply.

In this stillness there is a seed

of spiritual life higher,

life which is essential;

that is no lie.

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To find this quiet one must still be,

distracted not, nor too occupied,

for noise can drown out peace

and concerns be as idols.

To find this voice spiritually

one must not in overactivity abide

and excessive sound must cease;

sometimes one must be idle.

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The reward is truly great–

beyond comparison and most precious–

and if one must sacrifice

to find it, so be it,

for this holy desire only God can sate.

It comes without fuss

and is worth any price

one pays it to get.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 30, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF CHARLES CHAPMAN GRAFTON, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF FOND DU LAC

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The Sick of the Palsy   1 comment

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Above:  Christ Heals a Man Paralyzed by the Gout, by Bernhard Rode

(Image in the Public Domain)

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Mark 2, 1-12

1.  God has ordained means of saving sinners–through human instrumentality.  Thus “four” represent the church’s work.

2.  The “four”:

(A)  Had a personal knowledge of Christ–were sure he could heal.

(B)  Had sympathy for their palsied brother/

(C)  Had a cooperative spirit–“borne of four.”  Their one desire was to see their brother healed.

(D)  Knew no insurmountable difficulties; “tore up the roof.”

(E)  Had faith in Christ, shown in works.  “Their salvation is linked with faith, which earns nothing but elicits all like the touch which evokes electricity, but which no one supposes to have made it!

3.  Jesus saw and rewarded the faith of all the group–healed his body and forgave his sins.  Just like Christ to do it.  All hell can’t keep Him out when a soul is at His feet, trusting Him.  “Pardon does not lie concealed and doubtful in the councils of an unknown world.  It is pronounced on earth.”

4.  “They glorified God”–an honor to these four, a delight to the Christ, a needed blessing to the paralytic, and a great joy to sympathetic ones who beheld it.

This same Jesus will heal today all who approach Him in faith.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 30, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Mark

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Obituary of Margaret Barrett Bartlett   Leave a comment

Margaret (1918-2007) was the last of the children of Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett (1876-1958) and George Washington Barrett (1873-1956) to die.  Her husband, Mack Bartlett (January 24, 1916-July 4, 2006), preceded her in death.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 30, 2013 COMMON ERA

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From the Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, November 1. 2007

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BARTLETT, MARGARET BARRETT, 89, passed away at the Episcopal Church Home. She was a native of Lithonia, GA. She was a retired secretary with Atlantic Steel Co., and a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack G. Bartlett; and her siblings. She is survived by her two sons, Dr. Glenn H. Bartlett (Jean), and Allen S. Bartlett (Eileen); three grandchildren, Joe Bartlett (Amber), John Bartlett, and Amy B. Bashiti (Samer); her great-granddaughter, Emma Bartlett; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home. Expressions are requested to the Memorial Fund of her church.

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This is post #550 of this weblog.–KRT

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The Tempest Stilled   1 comment

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Above:  The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, by Rembrandt van Rijn

(image in the Public Domain)

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Luke 8, 22-25

1.  Jesus bids them cross over to the other side of the lake.  He must render some service over there.  They obey Him.  He constantly bids the church forward to the service men need.

2.  He accomplishes them, for it is He whom men need.  He promised to be with them always even to the end.  Blessed companionship with Him!

3.  A tempest arose.  Satan tries his worst to wreck the church, the old ship of Zion.  He besets the church behind and before; but fails utterly.

4.  They apply to Him for help.  This is the constant privilege of the church.  In all troubles the Mighty One is near, though it may not seem so for a while.  Let not our hearts take fright; He has not forsaken nor forgotten us.

5.  He arose and rebuked the winds.  So will He still the tempest that sweeps down upon the church and there shall be a great calm.  The church shall survive every wave of persecution, for He is greater than every storm of destruction that threatens her.

“What manner of man is he?”  Tempests, diseases, even devils fear and fly.  He is Lord of earth and sky.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 30, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Luke-Acts

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