Day One: October 2020

Thanks to those of you who have recently subscribed to Oboedire so you can automatically receive what I write. And thanks to those of you who have encouraged me to continue writing. I hope a new pace will provide me with both rest (from a deadline-driven approach) and energy (to write things worth reading).
On the horizon, the October “In-Sight” will post on Saturday. It is not the one I wrote a while back and intended to post. It is one I wrote yesterday as a means to ponder the challenges we are facing and to propose a formative vantage point for doing so. It expands on a phrase used by Richard Rohr and is entitled, “Living on the Edge of the Inside.”
On Sunday, I will post the introduction to a new, occasional series entitled, “Merton’s Prayers.” I am re-reading Thomas Merton’s journals, focusing on the prayers he includes in them. Through them we learn a lot about his prayer life, and we derive insights for ours. I hope you find the series helpful. These posts will also appear on The International Thomas Merton Society (Group Page) on Facebook. If you are interested in Merton, I recommend this page. It has articles, poems, music, quotes and photos that enrich our knowledge and appreciation of him.
Another thing I want to remind you about is the publication of my book, ‘Life in Christ’ by Abingdon Press. I have posted about it on Facebook, but it fits the timeline here too. It is available in both paperback and ebook formats, and it is suited to both individual reading and small-group use. I hope you will find it helpful. I recently had the opportunity to join a small group led by Bishop Ken Carder (via Zoom) that is using the book.
On the home front, the big news for Jeannie and me continues to be our kittens, Sweetie and Honey. They are going strong, and they bring us great joy. They were unexpected gifts to us, quickly claiming our hearts and becoming part of “the fam.” I know many of you have followed our kitty saga on Jeannie’s and my Facebook pages. We hope the photos, videos, and comments make you smile.
Here in Florida we are seeing signs that fall is emerging—that is, “signs” as we Floridians read them. For Jeannie and me this means watching our Golden Rain trees turn more and more amber, and feeling the temperature go down a little. These annual changes in nature are one way God reminds us that we too are ever changing, never standing still. We are (to use E. Stanley Jones’ phrase) “Christians under construction.”—human beings in motion on a never-ending journey. God is not finished with any of us.
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About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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