Patient Trust

Poem, Spiritual Growth

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything

to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something

unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress

that it is made by passing through

Some stages of instability–

and that it may take a very long time.

What I’ve Been Reading in 2018 (first batch)

Books

My goal going into this year was to read 52 books. So far, I’m halfway to that goal – a bit ahead of pace. But I already know I won’t be doing this again next year. Every so often I find myself pushing forward too quickly rather than slowly absorbing what I’m learning.

Anyhow, I thought I’d go ahead and share a brief snippet about the 26 books I have read so far in 2018. For space reasons, I will only include the first thirteen of them in this post, and then wrap it up in a couple weeks. As you’ll see, I tend to read a lot of theological books, however, there is a little variety sprinkled in.

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Beatitudes, Kingdom of God

(NOTE: This post is part of a blog series on the Beatitudes. For the first post in this series, click here.)

Jesus takes a seat on a small boulder. The Twelve are gathered in front of him with a large crowd assembled at the base of the mountain. Talking about the multitude, Jesus begins to speak to his disciples saying:

“Blessed are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

For two centuries, there had been a growing, building anticipation about the reign of God breaking in among mankind. John the Baptist said, “It’s almost here.” Then Jesus arrives and announces that this kingdom is “at hand” and “in your midst.”