Thursday, December 18, 2008

Some Thoughts for the Season

I have not blogged in a long time (I guess since November 14), because life has just been zooming by with way too much to do. But I got an email today that included this quote, and it really brought me to a halt for a few moments and spoke to something that has been percolating in my heart, so I want to share it. Read it, think about it a little, read it again, and then see if you can find a way to live it out. Merry Christmas to all my many friends who don't read this, and especially to the few who do. I love you deeply and value you being in my life, though I know I dont say it nearly enough.

"The Gospel of Christ knows no religion but social, no holiness but social holiness... You cannot be holy except as you are engaged in making the world a better place. You do not become holy by keeping yourself pure and clean from the world but by plunging into ministry on behalf of the world's hurting ones." --John Wesley, Preface, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739.


Julie Layne said...

You're not turnin' into a Methodist are you? ;-)

That is a good thought to chew on. Thanks for posting it.

And, speaking for one of those who do and all of those who don't, we love you, too! You are Super Friend.

Gail (but you can call me G) said...

Ha. Actually I was raised Methodist, on the occasions when we went to church, so I am familiar with the Wesley name, both John and Charles, but mainly from their hymns. I was not familiar with this quote, but I think Jay was. It came in a holiday email from Preston Weaver at Central Dallas Ministries. There was a cool power point too, but I can't decide whether to load it. The beginning is pretty cool, but it does have a small flavor of those cheesy "you'll be blessed if you read this and pray this prayer and pass it on to everyone you know" kind of thing. I'll send it to you and you can give me your opinion.

hampton said...


i'd like to see the power point thing, send it to me!