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Reading As Companionship — A Personal History

Reading As Companionship — A Personal History

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In Shadowlands, the movie about the courtship and marriage of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman Gresham, C. S. Lewis is quoted as saying “We read to know we are not alone”.  I have found multitudes of citations  where people quote Lewis as having said this in those very words, but have so far found no specific source, no book, no article, no lecture, for this remark. But even if Lewis did not say it, he should have.  For in my own personal experience, there have been instances too abundant to count where this proved to be the case with uncanny timeliness.  The following examples do not even scratch the surface. But in virtually all cases of where I have been reminded that I am not alone, this reminder also amounted to a revelation of what I myself thought even at times when I was not aware
Daily Practice for November 16, 2016

Daily Practice for November 16, 2016

Word:  Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend of mine who is of a conservative political and theological nature. The conversation took a turn that I did not expect. She challenged my son's "beingness." Let me clarify. My son is transgender. She said something like, "Let's agree to do no harm to our children." I was a bit confused. Then the kicker came out (paraphrasing), "we can't agree what harm is because I can't agree on the being your son is and you can't agree on the ideology my kids have." What the bloody heck, "being your son is" ??? Then it went on to the regular sinfulness of whatever. I have some news. Ontology is not ideology. Or beingness is not believingness. I'm now in a spot where I don't trust this person I've known for 15 years. And when I asked for explicit c
Daily Practice 2016.02.01

Daily Practice 2016.02.01

Word I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "retreat" from Cindy to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days! I am inspired by the music of the Holly Near, the poetry of Wendell Berry, and sacred words from Albert Camus. Usually, I have a routine in the morning (it may be considered a mini-retreat). I open my computer, I put music on, I open the word list, and then I start composing the daily prayer practice. Afterwards, I go bounce around on Facebook and visiting with friends via electronics. Today, I broke my own rule, I went to Facebook before beginning the daily practice process. The order was open the word list, don't look at the word list, open the internet to start the daily pra