Friday, January 27, 2012

Spiritual practice idea

Artist: Georg Friedrich Kersting

My goodness. I have actually done this (and it is a work in progress). I didn't realize before that Ralph Waldo Emerson recommended the practice:
“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
I have benefited hugely from my little collection, by the way. I really do urge everyone to try it.


  1. I hadn't thought of it as making myself a Bible, but I have begun to collect such things in files on my computer. Perhaps I should consolidate them.

    My word verification is bipetsts. As soon as I saw it ideas for what it could mean began to pop into my mind. One of which is bi-petsists - One who treats people who experience a compulsion to bring two or more different types of pets into their lives at the same time.

  2.'re a trip!
    annie c

  3. Hi, I agree with Annie!

    And, Tom, I can't IMAGINE who you're thinking of here.....

    (Hangs head. Runs off to see a shrink about her four animals....)


  4. Well, I'll take the accusation that "I'm a trip" as a complement. I never heard anyone say to another person, "You're a trip," without having a slight affectionate implication in it. I have to admit that the editor-in-chief of this blog did cross my mind - but only after the idea popped into my head. And I do own two pets at the moment so I qualify as well.

  5. I recently read about this practice in a book on Lectio Divina. It was suggested that a three-part journal be kept: one part with reactions to the reading, one writing out by hand the parts of each reading that held the most power for you personally, and the last part summarizing the reading in a collect, or short prayer. It's an amazing way to look back and get some perspective on where God is taking you!


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