"Humans, made in the image of the Trinity, can only realize the divine likeness if they live a common life such as the Blessed Trinity lives: as the three persons of the Godhead ‘dwell’ in one another, so we must ‘dwell’ in our fellow humans, living not for ourselves alone, but in and for others. ‘If it were possible for me to find a leper,’ said one of the Desert Fathers, ‘and to give him my body and to take his, I would gladly do it. For this is perfect love.’ Such is the true nature of theosis."

- Met. Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Church, p. 237 (via gospelofthekingdom)

"If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."

- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

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Anonymous asked: I'm actually ridiculously jealous of your faith. I can't believe in something I don't, but I'm trying to be a better person and only surround myself with people who bring out the best in me. I hope that doing so one day gives me some form of faith at least in myself if I can't feel security in a religious belief. The feelings of being doomed and desperation aren't pleasant. I hope I can turn this around. But I am so jealous you can be happy in God.

I somewhat know where you are coming from. At least as far as my self esteem went, I had none. Since discovering God I can thankfully say how he turned that around.
You’re definitely on the right path by surrounding yourself by good people. For me faith was something that I wouldn’t have unless I also supported it with inquiry into science, the world and theology. The book The Case For Christ has been really helpful to in discovering the account for the historical Jesus as being the single most recorded/reliable figure in ancient history. That to say I certainly believe that there is hope and joy for you and that it’s hardly irrational to believe that. Feel free to message me personally. I won’t be publishing anything private on public forums.

"Christianity isn’t meant to be a form of escapism, a safety net, or a crutch. Rather, following Jesus means bravely sacrificing yourself for the love of humanity, becoming nothing for the sake of others."

- (via sjmattson)

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I know you were there but what 
were you there for? Fuck your style, I
wanna know what you bled for, when no one 
was watching… When no one would listen..
When passion was the currency when no check
was written.

(Source: thrashachusetts)

"People who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you."

- Neil Gaiman (via idrugdealer)

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Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, put first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

Oh, God, be my everything, be my delight
Be, Jesus, my glory My soul’s satisfied
Oh, God, be my everything, be my delight
Be, Jesus, my glory My soul’s satisfied

My Jesus, you satisfy
My Jesus, you satisfy

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Oh, God, be my everything, be my delight
Be, Jesus, my glory My soul’s satisfied

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Traversing the rift.

It’s is with fear of the unknown that i write. The beginning of a journey towards the wellness of such a poignant relationship. The complex, and weighty ‘father son’ relationship hangs in balance. 
Can it be mended? 

The question itself frightens me. The fact that i have discovered the question ought to inspire hope; however, if the answer transpires toward the negative I fear it would break me. It would indeed sever a part of me that was forever meant to remain attached. That fear is fuelled by what I’m now discovering has been the advancing rift between us that has occurred over my teenage years until this very time as a 26 year old adult. Until recently I hadn’t know either how far we had grown or to what extent the loving, reciprocal and edifying relationship of a father meant to me. 

I guess the discovery renders the first hurdle crossed. I’m also sure that there are larger ones awaiting me further down the track. 

Here is my commitment to do the best I can on my end as we now attempt to bridge the gap. A gap which spans ideas of love, success, communication, wealth and the expression of faith. 

Life has it’s hurdles. There are rainy days. I am grateful for the many words of late that have been spoken over me. They serve as nourishment for now and no doubt the journey to come. I find my rest in the arms of the Lord who guides us through the valley of the shadow of death and into rich pastures.