May 2

“The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.” Psalm 103:19

Then did He lay His hand upon me tenderly. “My child,” He said, “thy only safety is, in everything, to love and trust and praise.” (Streams in the Desert)

“I’ve been thinking….” How many times have I said that to myself or others, without pausing to consider the import of the thought? Much of what constitutes life is conducted in our minds, and every meaningful thought is predicated on honesty. There can be no deep reflection, no positive change without intellectual honesty; all other mental activity is smoke and mirrors. Dishonest thought is nothing more than senseless mental chatter. “What deadens us most to God’s presence within us, I think, is the inner dialogue that we are continuously engaged in with ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought. I suspect that there is nothing more crucial to true spiritual comfort . . . than being able from time to time to stop that chatter” (F. Buechner, Whistling in the Dark).

Unseen and frequently unsettling, our thought life reflects who we are and determines the people we become. “As a man thinketh …” (Proverbs 23:7); “When I was a child I thought like a child …” (1 Corinthians 13:11).  What am I doing to promote the spiritual discipline of rigorous and honest contemplation?

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4, KJV

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