This old Quaker phrase broadly means to hold or bring a concern before the Light in worship, but in the past century has been used for a specific spiritual practice. This form of intercession, most commonly practiced among Liberal Friends, is grounded in silence and uses one's imagination. "Holding" requires one to see with their inward … Continue reading What do we mean when we say “hold in the Light”?
In the desert liturgy of obedience to the Lamb, wrought in the wilderness of the Spirit, the engrafted Word and immortal Seed grow, waging the Lamb’s War, there where neither smell nor scent of time, flesh, or reasonings remain; and here all things are made new and one drinks freely from the well of the … Continue reading The Lamb’s War and Quaker Worship (Part 2)
The Lamb was the Light guiding early Quakers in worship, belief and practice. The contemplative collective state, like the War fought against self ends, carnal reasoning, and concupiscence (intellectual, social, political, linguistic, etc.), was part of what John Punshon called the offensive of the Lamb. This formed a unity of prayer and worship with … Continue reading The Lamb’s War and Quaker Worship (Part 1)
One fresh spring morning, I sat down in the sparse meetinghouse I used to worship in. Sun streamed in through the window in the ceiling onto the bowed heads of people breathing deep and grounding down. We were all seated in a circle. Chairs and benches were the only furniture in the well windowed room. … Continue reading Where do we hear God’s voice
The working class are forced to compartmentalize. Friendly banter with wage-stealing bosses, serving cups of coffee to cops, politely talking landlords through their mysterious maintenance charges. In order to be employed, sheltered, fed, surviving, we are required to hide our anger, hurt, resentment. We're required to dismiss our struggle and oppression. We end up always … Continue reading Normalize the revolutionary
"What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." –Jesus You will speak. You will shout from the rooftops. You will prophesy with authority. At your declaration, hearts of stone will turn into flesh, death to life. Signs and wonders will follow your … Continue reading Become hosts of heaven
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.‘ When Herod the king … Continue reading What the Wise Men Can Teach Us About God