Ruth Haley Barton

If we are able to stay with our frustrations long enough and not give up, we may begin to suspect that the things that most need to be known and solved and figured out in our life are not going to be discovered, solved or figured out at the thinking level anyway. The things we most need to know, solve and figure out will be heard at the listening level, that place within us where God’s Spirit witnesses with our spirit (Rom 8:16).

Chris Summerlin

As you observe is going on in your community and nation, it’s easy to become frustrated or even angry. Does our love for our fellow brothers and sisters (regardless of race, colour, sex, or creed) rise to the top and overtake our emotions? Love is a choice and I choose Love! 1 Corinthians 13. Is this love demonstrated through you to your community, city, state, nation, and world just as much (if not more!) and not just toward your church and personal relationships? [paraphrased]

Henri J. M. Nouwen

The many contradictions in our lives – such as being home while feeling homeless, being busy while feeling bored, being popular while feeling lonely, being believers while feeling many doubts – can frustrate, irritate, and even discourage us. They make us feel that we are never fully present. Every door that opens for us makes us see how many more doors are closed. But there is another response. These same contradictions can bring us into touch with a deeper longing for the fulfillment of a desire that lives beneath all desires and that only God can satisfy. Contradictions, thus understood, create the friction that can help us move toward God.