Tend to the Wounds in God’s Heart – 7 quotes from Christopher L. Heuertz’s books – Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community and Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World

by Mark Votava

51-6b52lH4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_1. Restless, discontented lives

“Although we should know better, many of us are surprised when we encounter boredom in our communities, relationships, and vocations. We are surprised when we find ourselves living restless, discontented lives. We want more. We want meaning. We want to be part of things that are significant and vocations that make a difference.” Christopher L. Heuertz Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community

2. Humility opens our eyes

“It’s humility that opens our eyes to the discovery of God…” Christopher L. Heuertz Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World

3. Leaning to love each other well

“Discovering new kinds of friendships – that dismantle our unfair expectations and take the focus off of ourselves – helps ground our other relationships. And learning to love each other well, accepting the best and worst of each other, focusing on our relationships as they are rather than what we think they should be, helps us stay faithful to our friendships, relationships, and communities.” Christopher L. Heuertz Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community

4. When we fail to be present

“When we are selfish or unresponsive to God, we have less to give to our community. When we fail to give or be present to our community, we not only hurt ourselves, we hurt those around us…” Christopher L. Heuertz Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World

5. Tend to the wounds in God’s heart

“We live in a world that cries for mercy, for justice. The brokenness of the world has been an invitation not only to face but also to tend to the wounds in God’s heart. In the face of suffering, injustice, and oppression, we have found a fight to break up – the fight between the integrity of God’s character and the powers that try to discredit that integrity. The courageous energy that breaks up the fight is our collective commitment to embodying the goodness of God’s nature, which seems to be absent in so many parts of the world.” Christopher L. Heuertz Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community

41U6YM8zeiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_6. Our deformed perceptions of power

“When we don’t submit our lives to God and our possessions to people in need, when we mistake our financial and material blessings as personal provision rather than as resources with potential for kingdom development – have we perpetuated an unjust imbalance between us and our neighbors? Could it be that our deformed perceptions of power, our selfish tendencies to accumulate and hoard, cause many of the world’s poor to go without their basic needs?”  Christopher L. Heuertz Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World

7. Faith and doubt can coexist

“Community is an incubator in which faith and doubt can coexist. In tension and in safety, community is a place where we are free to ask tough questions. And when we don’t have good answers or the doubts start to take us to dark places, community is there to remind us of God’s faithfulness…” Christopher L. Heuertz Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community

Do you have a collective commitment to embody the goodness of God’s nature in the world?

My new book The Mystical Imagination: Seeing the Sacredness of All of Life (2015) is finally done! It is available on kindle and paperback!

“Our crowded, overly-consumed, hyper-active, digitally-addicted lifestyle is draining the life out of us. We are desperate to transcend the chaos and find a better way to live. We need a mystical imagination. Get ready to be transported into the depths of meaning as Votava breaks open the contemplative path and shows you how to live your life to the fullest.” Phileena Heuertz, author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life and founding partner, Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism

My first book The Communal Imagination: Finding a Way to Share Life Together (2014) is available on kindle and paperback also!

“Inside everyone there is a longing for community, to love and be loved. We are made in the image of a communal God. But in our hyper-mobile, individualistic, cluttered world… community is an endangered thing. And community is like working out – it takes work, sweat, discipline…  without that our muscles atrophy. Everybody wants to be fit, but not too many people want to do the work to get there. Mark’s book is sort of a workout manual, helping you rediscover your communal muscles and start building them up slowly. It is an invitation to live deep in a shallow world.”  Shane Claiborne, author and activist