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Today's theme: Intimacy With God
    And the Last Word: The Cloud of Unknowing



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    And now, the Last  Word:
THERE'S NOTHING MORE DOWN HERE...promise.
The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in
regeneration our whole being senses its kinship
to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That
is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see
the Kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end
but an inception, for now begins the glorious
pursuit, the heart's happy exploration of the
infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we
begin, I say, but where we stop no man has yet
discovered, for there is in the awful and
mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit
nor end.
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--A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)
Tozer was the pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church
in Toronto and Chicago.  He wrote 'The Knowledge of the Holy.'
Let your longing relentlessly beat upon the cloud of unknowing that lies between you and your God.
--from 'The Cloud of Unknowing,' Paraclete Press (by an anonymous 14th-century English author)
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Contemplative prayer is a deep and simplified
spiritual activity in which the mind and will rest in a
unified and simple concentration upon God, turned
to Him, intent upon Him and absorbed in His own
light, with a simple gaze which is perfect adoration
because it silently tells God that we have left
everything else and desire even to leave our own
selves for His sake, and that He alone is important
to us, He alone is our desire and our life, and
nothing else can give us any joy.
--Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
'New Seeds of Contemplation'
The thirsty man is moaning, "O delicious water!"
The water is calling, "Where is the one who will drink me?"
This thirst in our souls is the magnetism of the Water:
We are Its and It is ours.
--Malawna Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian poet, theologian and teacher of Sufism, he founded
the Mevlei order, better-known as the Whirling Dervishes.
He prays well who is so absorbed with God that
he does not know he is praying.
--Francois de Sales (1567-1622)
Bishop of Geneva
I have asked the Lord for one thing; one thing do I want: to
live in the Lord's house all my life...
--Psalm 27:4
My soul waits for the Lord more eagerly than watchman for the
morning. Like those who watch for the morning.
--Psalm 130:6

                  If your mind occupies itself with nothing material and nothing spiritual
         other than God alone...then you are above yourself and under God...

          You are spiritually united with God in love, and in harmony with his will...

          God exists from all eternity, and you are his creation.
          Your union is a gift from God.

          
--From 'The Cloud of Unknowing'