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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