In this month’s episode of Friends in Formation, Richella, James, and Nate discuss:

  • Safety within the Kingdom of God

  • Rhythms of spiritual practice in a busy life

  • How to listen to the news

Quoting Henri Nouwen: For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life — pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures — and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair. Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not How am I to find God?’ but How am I to let myself be found by him?’ The question is not How am I to know God?’ but How am I to let myself be known by God?’ And, finally, the question is not How am I to love God?’ but How am I to let myself be loved by God?’”

Quoting G.K. Chesterton: You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

Scripture references:

  • Psalm 23

  • Mark 4:38 (complete story is Mark 4:35 – 41)

  • 2 Corinthians 5:7

  • Proverbs 4:23

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Friends in Formation is a Renovaré podcast where three very different friends take listener questions about life and faith, with the goal of listening, learning, and helping one another go deeper with God.

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