dinsdag 31 mei 2016

Something beautiful

"In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart."
~Blaise Pascal

vrijdag 27 mei 2016

Unless we love the truth


"Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that,
unless we love the truth, we cannot know it."
~Blaise Pascal

donderdag 26 mei 2016

So distant and different

"There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense, and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain;
what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering."
~John O'Donohue

maandag 23 mei 2016

Solitude, silence & a strong determination to listen

"Many voices ask for our attention.
There is a voice that says, 'Prove that you are a good person.'
Another voice says, 'You’d better be ashamed of yourself.'
There also is a voice that says, 'Nobody really cares about you,'
and one that says, 'Be sure to become successful, popular, and powerful.'
But underneath all these often very noisy voices is a still, small voice that says,
'You are my Beloved, my favor rests on you.'
That’s the voice we need most of all to hear. To hear that voice, however, 
requires special effort; it requires solitude, silence, and a strong determination to listen.
That’s what prayer is. It is listening to the voice that calls us 'my Beloved'."
~Henri Nouwen

zondag 22 mei 2016

What is unseen is eternal

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal."
~2 Corinthians 4:17,18

zaterdag 21 mei 2016


"If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear."
~Ayrton Senna

vrijdag 20 mei 2016

Comfort in the end

5 days earlier

"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end;
if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap
and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair."
~C.S. Lewis

donderdag 19 mei 2016

The truth is rarely pure

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple."
~Oscar Wilde

Kasteel Duurstede, Wijk bij Duurstede

dinsdag 17 mei 2016

Truth that goes beyond

"The Bible is not a book for the faint of heart -- it is a book full of all the greed and glory and violence
and tenderness and sex and betrayal that benefits mankind.
It is not the collection of pretty little anecdotes mouthed by pious little church mice --
it does not so much nibble at our shoe leather as it cuts to the heart and splits the marrow from the bone.
It does not give us answers fitted to our small-minded questions,
but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask."
~Rich Mullins

maandag 16 mei 2016

Your shield

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."
~Psalm 91:4

donderdag 12 mei 2016

The pure in heart

"It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to."
~C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

"Try to exclude the possibility of suffering
which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve,
and you find that you have excluded life itself."
~C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

één zwanenpaar maar
vier ganzen
en een futenpaar
koeien aan de overkant
er is er één die loeit
van mij mag het allemaal vandaag
ontelbare boterbloemen
de meidoorn, ze bloeit
smalle paadjes dwars door 't fluitenkruid
o, wat zie ik dit graag

waar blijft de tijd?
ach, wat maakt het uit,
het is later
zonnestralen, ze twinkelen
over het water
de Rijn kibbelt zacht
de lente, zij bloeit
en ik zucht
Heer, hoe lang nog?
de zomer groeit

mei 2016, Palmerswaard, Rhenen

woensdag 11 mei 2016

Why You utter no answer

"I know now, Lord, why You utter no answer.
You are Yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away."
~C.S. Lewis

dinsdag 10 mei 2016


"The problem is that contemporary people think life is all about finding happiness.
We decide what conditions will make us happy and then we work to bring those conditions about.
To live for happiness means that you are trying to get something out of life.

But when suffering comes along, it takes the conditions for happiness away,
and so suffering destroys all your reason to keep living.

But to “live for meaning” means not that you try to get something out of life
but rather that life expects something from us.
In other words, you have meaning only when there is something in life more important
than your own personal freedom and happiness, 
something for which you are glad to sacrifice your happiness."
~Timothy Keller
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

zondag 8 mei 2016

My deepest awareness

"My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ
and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it."
~Brennan Manning

donderdag 5 mei 2016

I forget the rest

"The art of art, the glory of expression
and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity."
~Walt Whitman

"We were together. I forget the rest."
~Walt Whitman

maandag 2 mei 2016

Of what’s going on within

"..Because of that, you’re not without melancholy,
and you feel emptiness where there could be friendship and high and serious affections,
and you feel a terrible discouragement gnawing at your psychic energy itself,
and fate seems able to put a barrier against the instincts for affection,
or a tide of revulsion that overcomes you.
And then you say, How long, O Lord!

Well, then, what can I say; does what goes on inside show on the outside?
Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it,
and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way.

So now what are we to do, keep this fire alive inside, have salt in ourselves, wait patiently,
but with how much impatience, await the hour,
I say, when whoever wants to, will come and sit down there, will stay there, for all I know?
May whoever believes in God await the hour, which will come sooner or later.

In the springtime a bird in a cage knows very well that there’s something he’d be good for;
he feels very clearly that there’s something to be done but he can’t do it;
what it is he can’t clearly remember, and he has vague ideas and says to himself,
‘the others are building their nests and making their little ones and raising the brood’,
and he bangs his head against the bars of his cage.

And then the cage stays there and the bird is mad with suffering.
‘Look, there’s an idler’, says another passing bird — that fellow’s a sort of man of leisure.
And yet the prisoner lives and doesn’t die; nothing of what’s going on within shows outside,
he’s in good health, he’s rather cheerful in the sunshine.

But then comes the season of migration. A bout of melancholy —
but, say the children who look after him,
he’s got everything that he needs in his cage, after all —
but he looks at the sky outside, heavy with storm clouds,
and within himself feels a rebellion against fate.

I’m in a cage, I’m in a cage, and so I lack for nothing, you fools!
Me, I have everything I need!
Ah, for pity’s sake, freedom, to be a bird like other birds!"

~Vincent van Gogh,
excerpts from letter 133, to Theo van Gogh, Cuesmes, juni 1880

zondag 1 mei 2016

Different kind of tear now

"There's a different kind of tear now 
In my eye 
A response to a freer wind 
That's blowing in a bigger sky."
~Rich Mullins 

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