Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 156

This is the daily exploration for Saturday, June 4, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ The Kingdom of God is as close to us as some precious keepsake we've been looking for for years which is lying just in the next room under the rug all but crying out to us to come find it. If only we had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to be born both within ourselves and within the world.
Frederick Buechner in The Clown in the Belfry

+ I think this is what I have been saying, isn’t it?  Aren’t you  glad that we are continuing to  explore Holiness utilizing the resources of the best website in the universe.  I have never read a Frederic Buechner book but I know he is a great source of wisdom for many preachers these days. 

Jesus often taught that the Kingdom of God is near.  At one point he even said that it is within us (Luke 17:21).  Mystics tell us again and again how immanent Heaven is.  Soon, when we move on to the Journey of the Soul, we will be exploring Heaven.  But, for now, this Journey of the Body practice of Holiness continues to appeal to me as worthy of further exploration.  What do you think?  

+Spirituality & Practice offers a variety of resources on Frederic Buechner. Here is a Buechner quote from his memoir Telling Secrets which is directly related to this practice because your story, my story, our story, his story, is a very holy story:

My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is also yours.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com

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