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As always, my friends, it’s a joy to share these quotes with you. Enjoy!

“When we pray we have a more than an average chance of ending up in a place that we quite definitely never wanted to be, angrily protesting, preferring death to the kind of life that God insists on recklessly throwing us into. . . . We want life on our conditions, not on God’s conditions. Praying puts us at risk of getting involved in God’s conditions. . . . Praying most often doesn’t get us what we want but what God wants, something quite at variance with what we conceive to be in our best interests. And when we realize what is going on, it is often too late to go back” – Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1993), 44.

“99 times out of 100, our dreams are false prophets whose heresies indicate the need for something external to take over and give us real life” – Ethan Richardson, This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables & the Grace of God (Charlottesville, VA: Mockingbird Ministries, 2012), 35. 

“For no one would care to live without friends, even though he had all good things. Indeed, it is when a man is rich, and has great power and authority, that he seems most of all to stand in need of friends; for what is the use of all this prosperity if he have no opportunity for benevolence, which is most frequently and most commendably displayed towards friends?  . . . In poverty and all other misfortunes, again, we regard our friends as our only refuge” – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, trans. F. H. Peters (New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004), 8. 1 (p. 172).

“The self seeks its own self in all things, even in its piety” – Gerhard O. Forde, On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, 1518 (Grand Rapids, MI: 1997), 54.