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Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. – Proverbs 14:4

I am often amused how the Bible has a sanitized way of conveying simple truth.

To an agricultural society, very familiar with the chore of mucking out the barn, it communicates that to make money or conduct business one must put up with a lot of unpleasant things we wish we didn’t have to deal with — no use complaining, it’s just part of the job.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Giving Church Another Chance by Todd Hunter – I responded quickly, a free book by an interesting man in exchange for an honest review on my blog – what a deal.

The author was a former Vineyard pastor, now Anglican priest, and I wanted to know why and see what he had to say. I had been reading his blog for a while investigating his involvement in a new kind of church revival movement, so I was eager to participate.

The first third of his book was good; expressing his spiritual journey, and providing some ideas and concepts I, too had felt. After that, however, the book turned dry for me as he went through the different parts of a typical Anglican worship service giving various thoughts about how each part of the liturgy ought to touch us in our daily lives.

I think the biggest problem I had with his book was that I thought it promised to show me how to “repractice” Church (“repractice” is his term for doing something again with renewed meaning), but as I looked there was no renewed meaning – nothing had really changed.

To be honest, he had a herculean task. I, too, attend a similar denomination. I appreciate the different parts of the liturgy and usually find them a blessing but I believe everyone must find that appreciation uniquely for themselves.

“The heart koweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.” – Proverbs 14:10

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“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” – Proverbs 14:10

Proverbs gives down to earth wisdom about living and interacting with God and others.

No one else can truly share your joys or your sorrows, so quit trying to get them to. Distress happens when we try to receive from people what only God can provide. He, alone, can share and comfort.

As the chorus from the hymn, “In the Garden”, says

And he walks with me
And he talks with me,
And he tells me I am his own.
And the joy we share
as we tarry there,
none other, has ever, known

Get some alone time with God and let him share your joys and sorrows as no one else can.

– fritz
Related Post: “Be Still A Moment” July 10, 2010

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