Reflections on Brennan Manning’s the furious longing of God
I recently devoted a day to drinking good drinks, listening to the finest of music, and reading Brennan Manning’s the furious longing of God.
With a profundity that I desperately seek to recapture in my busiest of moments. Seeking to re-enter those moments in the quite. In the still.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know that I.
Be still and know that.
Be still and know.
Be still and.
That God loves us and truly wants us as his own.
Certainly this cannot be true.
"Qui amasti me, fecisti me amabilem.
In loving me, you made me lovable."
-Augustine of Hippo (as quoted and translated in Manning, 77).
There are two types of sinners in the world: those that know they are scoundrels, and those that have yet to realize it.
I am certain that I am a scoundrel. And then again, I need to be reminded.
I am certain that I am justified before God. And then again, I need to be reminded.
All of us, on some day past have, or on some day yet to come will, be faced with the startling and bleak depths of our own depravity.
It could be a season. A darkness. A dark night of the soul. With no escape.
Or it could be in a grocery store; where you find yourself internally cursing your neighbor up and down. An anger from deep within stirs and boils over at the oddest of times. Where on earth did that come from?
“Our strategies of self-deception persuade us that abiding restful union with Jesus is too costly, leaving no room for money, ambition, success, fame, sex, power, control, and pride of place or the fatal trap of self-rejection, thus prohibiting mediocre, disaffected dingbats and dirtballs, like myself from intimacy with Jesus” (Manning, 72).
“The question is not can we heal? The question, is will we let the healing power of the risen Jesus flow through us to reach and touch others, so that they may dream and fight and bear and run where the brave dare not go?” (Manning, 104).
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” –Ernest Hemingway
The sooner we can admit our brokenness, the sooner we can encounter healing.
The sooner we accept our wholeness, the sooner we can enter into the work of bringing healing to others.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity[ and a striving after wind"
"We love, because he first loved us."
"I am a sinner, who's probably gonna sin again" (Kendrick Lamar).
"Go and sin no more."
"C'est la vie"
"In times of persecution, theoretical Christianity will collapse" (Manning, 129).
"It is finished."
*I am thankful to Wes Roberts at Leadership Design Group for introducing me to this reading of "Be Still."