I spend much time with the study and companionship of writings from the “Desert Fathers” and early defenders of the Christian faith. I am often absolutely overwhelmed by the amazing insights and guidance available to all of us through the writings of these “spiritual giants.” There is so much trash we are bombarded with throughout our day, coming to us through the media, that our souls can easily become saturated with an intake of ungodly information and affections. For early monastics and ascetics, it was not uncommon for them to take a single verse of Scripture ,exploring, contemplating, meditating upon, and applying these spiritual principles or commandments deeply into their lives.
In an age where we have become quite accustomed to quickly processing hundreds of bits of information each day and moving on with little deep and meaningful thought, the contrast is glaring and significant. I thank the Lord for the wisdom, knowledge and treasures preserved for us in these Christian ‘classics,‘ for they provide a roadmap for Biblical application in our lives so often missing from contemporary writing.
Yours in Christ,