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  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    LOL!! Very true!

    By analogy: The goal of so much musical training is to make our actions automatic… the earlier exercises become something we go back to, only when needed. Those once essential exercises are now an option.

    In my mind, the goal of religious exercise is faith, hope, and love – these three. When we abide/rest in those three, there is no more war, no more exercises – there is just the maintenance of peace.

    So, imo, the church and its disciplines serve a good purpose for a few years, but then become an interesting gathering of friends (rather than a religious exercise). We can go to church once a year to once a month – or visit good friends over coffee at our home. We can ‘confess’ and laugh with a close friend. We can worship with just a sigh. We can sing all we wish in the woods.

    The exercises that were central to our youthfulness, are now baggage to be stored away (and used when needed) as adults.

    To quote Paul the Apostle, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. “

  2. Jordan says:

    We so often make Gd in our image we put a chunk of our issues with the world onto Gd