This fall I will be writing pastoral letters to my congregation as part of my doctoral program. Seeking inspiration and models, I have been devouring letters from many spiritual writers such as Henri Nouwen and Eugene Peterson. I still love the olde time wisdom packed into Francois Fenelon's letters (1651-1715). Here's one written to someone who has … Continue reading Olde Tyme Letters Speak Today
The true mark of Christian love isn’t revealed merely when we have nothing to gain, but precisely when we have everything to lose.
We're highlighting the 'Wonderful Counselor' attribute of God this week, and acknowledging our need for other wise counselors in our lives. Can't afford a therapist? Don't have time to schedule a session? Then seek wisdom in old letters and books, for instance, the spiritual letters of Fenelon (1651-1715) found online for free here. Who's your favorite … Continue reading Wise Counsel from Old Letters
The church needs to embrace the pastoral gift/role of “spiritual writing” as enthusiastically it celebrates the gift of public speaking.
Instead of flinging a relatively impersonal sermon out over a nameless crowd each Sunday, a personal letter to the right person at the right time can fling a shepherd’s arms around wounded or wandering sheep, refreshing their soul.
Here's another letter from Fenelon (1651-1715) on "The Death to Self": I cannot express to you, my dear sister, how deeply I sympathize with your afflictions; but my grief is not unmixed with consolation. God loves you, since He does not spare you, but lays upon you the cross of Jesus Christ. Whatever light, whatever … Continue reading Spiritual Letters: Fenelon (Letter 4)