Journal Notes

 

My entrance into the world of Contemplative Christianity was, in a word, tortuous. The journey is wonderful, the beginning . . . not so much. The destination . . . I have not arrived, so that is a matter about which I have nothing to say.

God didn't call me to Contemplative
Prayer because I am good at it. He
called me to Contemplative Prayer
because it is good for me.

God didn't call me to Contemplative Prayer because I am good at it. He called me to Contemplative Prayer because it is good for me.

Pilgrim, not Pioneer

I am writing about something at which I am no expert. I am not even a proficient practitioner. If someone would call me a pioneer in these spiritual matters I would reply, "Pilgrim, not Pioneer." I am on a journey of discovery and have the privilege of occasionally stumbling across truth for which I was never seeking because I did not know it existed, and bumbling to the joy of the Lord.

There is no originality here, just a rediscovery of truth long held in old spiritual lands very new to me, and maybe some fresh revelation received. I cannot even testify to grand leading and dynamic discovery, only to being repeatedly nudged in the right direction until I have arrived at something that approximates a destination designed by God.

Five Smooth Stones

In 1998 was the first time I wrote in my journal these important life-transforming five words: simplicity, solitude, stillness, silence and servanthood.

Five Smooth Stones. It has taken many years for these disciplines to be even partially worked into my life, and the process will last as long as I live. But that was when I first received them from the Lord.

Even though these disciplines were completely outside of my Pentecostal paradigm, I was asked to speak on a Sunday and I shared what I believed the Lord had shown me. The day before I was to speak a friend called and said she felt the Lord told her to tell me He had given me Five Smooth Stones. I was to share what He gave and all would be well. Praise God!

Some Benefits

Here are some of the things I present on the pages which follow:

  • When we enter into silence, solitude, stillness and simplicity it increases our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and helps us respond better to God's small nudges and hear His voice more clearly.
  • When we become comfortable in the silence
    we are better able to hear His voice in the
    midst of the noise.

  • When we become comfortable in the silence we are better able to hear His voice in the midst of the noise. When we are comfortable in the solitude we can be more at ease in a crowd. Becoming more comfortable in the stillness we will be better able to maintain continual contact when we are active. Becoming more comfortable in simplicity we are less captivated by our possessions, positions and pleasures and more able to love God and man.
  • The ground on which I stand is silence. The house in which I live is solitude. The path on which I walk is simplicity. The land in which I live is stillness. The food of which I partake is Scripture and Sacrament. I drink the new wine of the Spirit and feast on the Body and Blood of Christ.
  • I am convinced that our silence is sweet music to His ears; our solitude fills Him with the joy of companionship; our stillness stirs His heart; our simplicity is so much like Heaven it is His delight.
  • Silence is the key; Stillness is the method; Solitude and Simplicity are the means; Servanthood is the manifestation; the Scriptures and the Sacraments will be your food.
  • Most times the less you say the more you will be heard.
  • Silence will produce great peace; great peace will produce more silence.
  • You will be strengthened by your Silence; strengthened to bear those things that would naturally most compel you to speak in complaint or protest. You will find in the Silence strength to bear all things.
  • In the Silence you will learn more of God than any other way for He is not to be found in any depth in the multiplicity of words; your own words, or those of others.
  • Silence equals serenity; Solitude is solace; Stillness is strength; Simplicity is steadfastness and stability.
  • Neglect Silence; neglect God. Abandon Solitude; abandon God. Forsake Stillness; forsake God. Lose sight of Simplicity; lose sight of God.
  • A good man is best known by the silence he keeps and the things about which he keeps silent.
  • Simplicity eliminates the background noise and clutter that distracts us from our true purpose in God. Don't keep anything you don't need, or love. The deeper you go the stronger you grow.
  • It feels like during Contemplative Prayer I am in some way plugged in and receiving a download from Heaven that bypasses both my intellect and emotions and goes directly into my spirit.
  • There are so many things God wants to say to you that can only be heard in Silence. There are things God wants to give you that can only be received in Simplicity. There are things God wants you to do that can only be done alone.
  • Sometime we give so much of ourselves that there is hardly anything left. It is then that we sometimes need an extended season of solitude, stillness, and simplicity that God can rebuild, revive, and restore us to our original person, power, and purpose.
  • When we are fully who God created us to be is when we will be at perfect peace.

Website

This is a simple site with a few articles presenting some basic yet life transforming ideas. It is hard to say much about a lifestyle that is focussed on not saying much.

I bought the domain name www.ContemplativeChristianity.com in 2010. It took me five years to write and get ready to publish. When I did I was blessed to find this template at http://templated.co. Its simple yet attractive style is appropriate to the message I am trying to convey.

I realize that this website is a bit of a fool's errand. I am trying to describe the indescribable, and explain the unexplainable. I present a few things I know. I am learning and I invite you to learn with me. Let us enjoy the journey together.

God bless you,

Ken R. Anderson

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