Excerpt from Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, Vol. XXII, No. 6 (November/December 1997), (Nashville: The Upper Room, 1997), 23-31. An adaption of this article appears as Chapter 9, “Ordinary Resurrections: Dealing with Depression” in the book Wrestling with Grace, by Robert Corin Morris (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2003). Advent is the first light of Resurrection. It does not wait for... Keep Reading →
Robert Corin Morris
is the founder and former executive director of Interweave, an ecumenical and interfaith learning center in Summit, NJ and a co-founder of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace, which facilitates interfaith dialogue and cooperation in facing social challenges. An Episcopal priest, trained spiritual director, and chaplain to clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, he is the author of three books, Wrestling with Grace, Suffering and the Courage of God: Exploring How Grace and Suffering Meet, and Provocative Grace: The Challenge in Jesus' Words.
Hope may spring eternal, but heart comes first. Without our human capacity to “take heart” or “summon courage” our hopes are powerless at best, utterly hopeless at the worst. But how does the heart revive in the face of discouragement? What is the emotional and spiritual alchemy that transforms trepidation into boldness, fear into courage? A MYSTERIOUS TRANSFORMATION Some times I feel discouraged, and... Keep Reading →
Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be disappointed in my hope. -Psalm 119:116 (Book of Common Prayer) Every time I work myself into a self-indulgent state of gloom, God surprises me with a ray of hope. Glimmers of hope were far from my mind the morning I wandered into a seminar on “The Global Energy Challenge” at... Keep Reading →
Just a few weeks ago, on a crisp Maine night, I saw the vast panoply of the sky again after living for many years without the sense of awe it always inspires. Where I live, the night sky is eclipsed by the haze of urban light pollution, so that only the most intense stars are able to assert themselves. We humans have expanded... Keep Reading →