Focus Anew

Dear Focused,

Leonard Sweet tells the story of Andrew Harvey:

Harvey made a pilgrimage to Tibet looking for enlightenment in the monasteries there. He traveled from one sacred place to another, but (that holy, spiritual) never came. One afternoon, as he was walking through a lonely valley, he was distracted by the play of the sun and ragged stones. He became so caught up in the austere beauty of the rocks and the withered trees in that desolate place that he never reached the monastery. As soon as he had stopped his self-centered seeking and thinking and looked beyond himself, he was suddenly and mysteriously over whelmed by the love and peace and the joy of God. ( Leonard Sweet, “Strong In the Broken Places,”Dayton, 1989, pp74-75.)

For further reflection see Luke 3:15-22.

This week I am updating the Books I have recommended on the website. Just in time to buy that special gift for your Valentine!

Keep January 30 and 31 With Peter and Brendan Mayer in mind.
Peter and his son Brendan will be together with us for an all-day retreat on the 30th and worship on the 31st.
The evening of the 30th Peter will be singing some of his more “secular tunes “ such as the Beatles playlist.

Go to the God's Grace website to see the new books recommended and information on the Peter Mayer concert/ retreat “The Heart of Listening.”

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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