In the Stillness

Reverend Francis RitchieSpiritual Disciplines

In the Stillness

There is a need for us to stop and pause in the stillness, silence, and the space of the contemplative. In so doing we allow God to work in us in such a way that as we step into our relationships with others and the world around us, they, in turn, can encounter the Divine. In this video Phileena Heuertz … Read More

The Point of Silence

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany

The Point of Silence

If I had to sum up the point of silence and the contemplative practice of it in my life, I would use this line I grabbed from another blog post.

Grace and Silence go Hand in Hand

Reverend Francis RitchieSpiritual Disciplines

Recently I was giving some thought to how I would describe those moments in contemplative silence where I have felt like I experienced something – a sort of transcendence. For me those moments are few and far between but they’re important to my ongoing journey. Most of the time silence feels like a bit of a struggle and hard work, … Read More

On the Psalms

Reverend Francis RitchieBible, Spiritual Disciplines

Psalms

A thought on the Psalms from a book I’m reading by Esther De Waal. It resonates with where I have been heading in how I read them…

Disciplined Rhythms that Need Each Other

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany

Bible

This week I’ve gotten back on my bike to make my daily commute to and from the TEAR Fund office. It comes a month after being off it due to wanting to give my eye time to recover from surgery without subjecting it to the winter weather. Even before that though, my riding this year hasn’t been as consistent as … Read More

Psalm 19: God Declared in Silence

Reverend Francis RitchiePsalms

I’ve been mulling over Psalm 19 all day going back to it via the NIV and The Message. I love it. It’s majestic and wonderful. It’s verses 1-4 that have really grabbed my attention though the whole Psalm pulls together as something beautiful, contrasting silence and word and bringing them together in harmony. Ultimately it’s about the Creator who reveals … Read More

Psalm 18: Because of God

Reverend Francis RitchiePsalms

Psalm 18 is a repeat of the same song from David that appears in 2 Samuel 22. The preceding chapters in 2 Samuel give it context. David had just been through what was probably one of the most tumultuous times of his life and had dealt with a bunch of enemies, including some from his own family. It was a … Read More