Category: Eugene Peterson

Farmers not in a hurry

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I can’t remember a farmer who was ever in a hurry.

Farmers characteristically work hard, but there is too much work to do to be in a hurry.
On a farm everything is connected both in place and in time. Nothing is done that isn’t connected to something else;

if you get in a hurry, break the rhythms of the land and the seasons and the weather, things fall apart — you get in the way of something set in motion last week or month. A farm is not neat — there is too much going on that is out of your control. Farms help us learn patience and attentiveness : “I am trying to teach my mind / to bear the long, slow growth / of the fields, and to sing / of its passing while it waits.”

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Take a Sabbath

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If you don’t take a Sabbath, something is wrong. You’re doing too much, you’re being too much in charge.
You’ve got to quit, one day a week, and just watch what God is doing when you’re not doing anything.

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Membership

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Eugene Peterson writes in his introduction to the book of Numbers, ‘We need organisational help. When people live together in community, jobs have to be assigned, leaders appointed, inventories kept. Counting and list-making and rosters are as much a part of being a community of God as prayer and instruction and justice. Accurate arithmetic is an aspect of becoming a people of God.’

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Holy plans

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‘God cannot fit into our plans, we must fit into his,’ writes Eugene Peterson. ‘We can’t use God – God is not a tool or appliance or credit card. Holy is the word that sets God apart and above our attempts to enlist him in our wish-fulfilment fantasies or our utopian schemes for making our mark in the world. Holy means that God is alive on God’s terms, alive in a way that exceeds our experience and imagination. Holy refers to life burning with an intense purity that transforms everything it touches into itself.’

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Prayer is elemental, not advanced

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Prayer is elemental, not advanced language. It is the means by which our language becomes honest, true, and personal in response to God. It is the means by which we get everything out in the open before God

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