Sunday, January 29, 2023

Underhill: turning to reality

Sunday, January 29, 2023
How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O LORD Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
    for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
    for the living God.
    —Psalm 84:1-2 (NIV)
    Prayer means turning to Reality, taking our part, however humble, tentative and half-understood, in the continual conversation, the communion, of our spirits with the Eternal Spirit; the acknowledgment of our entire dependence, which is yet the partly free dependence of the child. For Prayer is really our whole life toward God: our longing for Him, our “incurable God-sickness,” as Barth calls it, our whole drive towards Him. It is the humble correspondence of the human spirit with the Sum of all Perfection, the Fountain of Life. No narrower definition than this is truly satisfactory, or covers all the ground.
    ... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The Spiritual Life, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1937, reprinted, Morehouse Publishing, 1985, p. 61 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 84:1-2; 42:1-2; 62:7; 63:1-2; 143:6; Isa. 26:8-9; Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 4:16; Phil. 2:17; Heb. 13:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am driven to You.
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