Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #6 --- Meditation (Pondering, Contemplation)
Quotations on Meditation (Pondering, Contemplation)
Upon the mountains of prayer and meditation where God is, the whole being expands and the soul partakes of the very nature of God himself. To breathe the atmosphere of heavenly thoughts is to inspire health, and therefore growth, of the spiritual nature.
—Bryan W. Collier, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., July 24, 1919.
Everyone carries with them the memory of scenes that they cannot forget, and these scenes influence meditation. ... Feed your mind and the minds of those you love with good and noble scenes. Shun the base and low as you would poison. Look upon the picture of God as you have His love, mercy, justice and truth portrayed in the Bible. Look upon the picture of Christ as you see it there–His helpfulness, His charity, His love, His dying agony, and know that it was for you He suffered. See in His death the awfulness of sin and shun it. Look to God for your soul’s salvation. He has given it to you through His Son. There is no other name whereby you may be saved. ... Look to God and Christ so earnestly for salvation, that when all other views fade you may still, with the eye of the soul, see God your Father and Christ your Savior.
—John Edward Carver, Morning Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Feb. 8, 1904.
Meditation is the homeward end of prayer and prayer is the Godward end of meditation. Heart hunger is the poverty of prayerlessness. Worship is worthiness-ship. The unworthy must find the upstaying power of worthiness. The soul lives in fellowship with God.
—F.C. McConnell, Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., April 30, 1925.
The value of meditation depends upon the character of its object. Holy meditation enriches the soul in all that is good, while evil meditation pollutes the heart and leads to a wicked life.
—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 16, 1916.
It is ours to reveal our thoughts by our actions. If we think for the good of the present we will act in the present. Heaven cannot help the man who does not act. Meditation is an art. You could learn no greater art than to meditate. Meditating is turning the mind inward. It enables one to be calm amidst distraction. It enables one to maintain a poise of character which is always a valuable asset in the joy of life. Life is a joy. It is a place for us to exercise. Do not go about with long faces as if the world was a sad place to live in. God put us here for a good time and this is a place where He expects us to have a good time.
—E.T. Hagerman, The Register and Leader, Des Moines, Iowa, June 13, 1910.
The music of the soul is a silent meditation.
—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Sept. 16, 1928.
Celestial meditations have a way of lifting the load of terrestrial irritations.
—Dewey O. Miller, The Wesleyan Youth, Marion, Ind., March 1963.
Proper meditation almost inevitably leads to power. If one is dedicated to a vastly important cause on behalf of humanity, contemplation or reflection will soon lead him to a deep yearning. His soul vibrates and quivers in the presence of his thoughts, and spontaneously he voices his position. He senses his weakness in the presence of the vast need, and his spirit cries out for a wisdom, strength, and courage that transcends his own. If the practice of meditation is persisted in month after month, the time will come when the consciousness of fellowship with the eternal bursts in upon him. There will be an inrush of power, new daring, and resolute determination.
—Charles B. Mohle, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, March 14, 1932.
Without meditation and prayer we are too small for our world and too weak for our tasks. Meditation and prayer worketh penitence, and penitence worketh humility, and humility is the key that opens the door to heaven and the Kingdom of Righteousness.
—Victor T. Nearhoff, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., March 5, 1953.
Spiritual growth and mental enlargement may be had by following the Psalmist’s example of meditating on God’s revelations. Therein are truths that reach beyond the horizons of our minds and overtop the heights of our thinking. Within their limitless reaches, the mind of man can grow and replace its shallows with depths of unplumbed truth.
—Frederick D. Niedermeyer, New York Times, New York, N.Y., Jan. 16, 1928.
Contemplation has a deeply social nature because understanding of divine truth, advancement in supernatural love, effectiveness in Christian conduct are conditioned and fostered by union through grace with Christ, and by the active currents of wisdom and charity which Christian solidarity, give the people of God deeper insights into the heart of God.
—Joseph A. Hughes, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., Aug. 27, 1965.
Contemplation is the personal response of man to the truth and presence and love of the Father who has spoken in sundry ways in times past to our fathers, who speaks now to us through His Son. His Son becomes our daily companion, our daily meditation, our daily hope through the warmth of His word. ... Prayer is an encounter with God through authentic signs of His presence on earth. ... Our closeness with Christ--in fact our identification with Christ--will depend somewhat on our responsible, devoted, fervent pursuit of eternal truth and eternal love made personal to us on God's side through Christ.
—Joseph A. Hughes, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., Sept. 24, 1965.
Meditation has the advantage of retirement for the while from hurry and harassment. It gives a man time to see with eyes that perceive, to hear with ears that understand, to acknowledge with a conscience that is not overborne with the getting and spending and rude buffeting of this material world. Any soul is the better for its quiet hour. How long since you had one?
—Lynn W. Landrum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 6, 1950.
[Let us] intensify our meditations on [the] mighty acts of God, ... rededicate ourselves to the truth, Jesus Christ, ... resolve to follow Christ and join our sacrifices to His one great sacrifice, and with greater understanding and meaning thank Him for His life and our lives, confessing and asking forgiveness for the shortcomings of our sins.
—Thomas Fitzgerald, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla., March 31, 1963.
Meditation is when God talks to us, when we acquire an inner knowing and know what the answer to our seeking is. It is the process of becoming still and listening for that "still, small voice" within us. Meditation will help you find yourself and the Christ within. It will help you know yourself and help you be in charge of your life.
—Maxine Loper, The Times, Shreveport, La., May 9, 1987.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10.) The quality of a spiritual life really marks spiritual growth. A quiet time of meditation with God means to some, sacrifice; to others, discipline; to still others a finding of time beyond both these two, a trying to tune with God, bringing real reward and enriching, strengthening, and purifying one’s heart. Jesus Christ has overcome the world. Do we believe it? Do we act upon it? Only as we find time to give to Him will we discover this kind of power and strength developing within our own lives. Meditation is thinking with God. Most of us pray only to God. We do not pray with Him. We ask His help to accomplish our own desires. We to not pray for His will to be done. We use God instead of letting God use us. We should pray and meditate in complete union with God. It is in the stillness and calm that we recover our confidence for living.
—J.D. Hamel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla., June 12, 1960.
We pray and meditate to adore God and get closer to Him. We practice penance and mortification to obtain mastery of self, to make reparation for our sins and vices, to imitate our Blessed Savior ... and to intensify our love for Him by sacrifice, for there can be no love without this spirit of sacrifice. We must learn how to accept generously and bravely live on God’s terms and not on our own; how to learn fidelity to the evident duties of our various states of life. All of which will lead us to eternal union with God, which is the goal set by Him for all human existence. To love God more will also mean to love our neighbor more–on account of God–because we must see in every man the image and likeness of God.
—Frank M. Schneider, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., March 6, 1952.
Meditation is methodical application of the mind and will to some spiritual principle, mystery, or event with the purpose of sanctifying one's soul, by exciting proper spiritual emotions and resolving on a course of action.
—Matthew John Wilfred Smith, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., March 4, 1960.
The devout Christian who will use [some time] for study, prayer and meditation [will] climb slowly through the teaching, preaching and healing ministry of the Christ the steep mountain where he is privileged to hear God the Father say of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” The spiritual reservoir is filled with knowledge which later becomes wisdom. It is filled with inspiration which sends the sincere into a world work for peace for all mankind. It sends him into the world to emulate the Christ in every walk of life. ... He recognizes the progressive program which God has ordained and he renews his dedication to the task that is his so that it is done as unto the Lord.
—John L. Walker, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., March 12, 1953.
Meditation is one road over which power travels.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 27, 1925.
The spiritual life is mothered by meditation.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 26, 1928.
Study is the parent of knowledge, but meditation is the mother of wisdom.
—Amboy News, Amboy, Ill., Jan. 3, 1891.
People who take time to meditate store a wealth of beauty and intellectual gold within their minds. Nothing is ever lost in taking the time to think things over. In fact, those who have formed this practice are the ones who have learned to make the surest decisions under quick pressure.
—George Matthew Adams, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Dec. 25, 1926.
Meditation has been defined as attention with intention. Perhaps, if we would pause daily for meditation we would give some attention to values that count and there would be more intent on our part to develop virtues which make for character and a life which counts.
—James F. Cole, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., May 10, 1962.
A man who loves truth and right is simply communing with God when he communes with himself, for conscientious meditation will invariably lead him to ask divine direction. Few people look inside themselves, and to this fact must be attributed moral, intellectual and spiritual degeneracy. Sin and folly are the offspring of weak impulses in a nature that had not learned to know itself by introspection. The plea of "didn't mean to do wrong" is no more valid in moral misconduct than in legal infraction, as we are free moral agents. Such a man's responsibility rests on the fact that he might have been free, but chose himself not to be free. The whole philosophy of moral action is in "keep thy heart." The words and deeds of the average man are not his heart. A man's life is never so intense as when he is searching his heart.
—J.B. Hawthorne, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 18, 1901.