Praise the Lord; my last night in Milwaukee. I have nothing against Milwaukee, I am just ready to get home to my beautiful wife.
Ms. Nelda Rhodes sent me something that is worthy of repeating, so here it is…
A pastor friend of mine today gave me a list of sayings that I can use in my newsletters from time to time. They are from “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers” (obviously a Catholic publication)
“The Desert Fatherswere Hermits, Ascetics and Monks who lived mainly in the Scetes desert of Egypt , beginning around the third century. They were the first Christian hermits, who abandoned the cities of the pagan world to live in solitude. These original desert hermits were Christians fleeing the chaos and persecution of the Roman Empire‘s Crisis of the Third Century. They were men who did not believe in letting themselves be passively guided and ruled by a decadent state. Christians were often scapegoated during these times of unrest, and near the end of the century, the Diocletianic Persecution was more severe and systematic. In Egypt , refugee communities formed at the edges of population centers, far enough away to be safe from Imperial scrutiny.”
My favorite and one that spoke to me today was:
From Abba Agathon:
The brethren also asked him, “Amongst all good works, which is the virtue which requires the greatest effort?”
He answered, “Forgive me, but there is no labour greater than that of prayer to God. For every time a man wants to pray, his enemies, the demons, want to prevent him, for they know that it is only by turning him from prayer that they can hinder his journey. Whatever good work a man undertakes, if he perseveres in it, he will attain rest. But prayer is warfare to the last breath.”
“Prayer is warfare to the last breath”……I think that is why so few people have an adequate prayer life.