'that meant that what i learned was earthed in reality and was not the attitudinizing of a cloistered virtue that had never been in any moral danger.'
-john punshon (Quaker, author of "Encountering the Silence")
i like this quote. i don't speak like this...heck, i don't even try to write like this, but what i'm getting from john's quote is that the particular life lessons he was absorbing had a 'practical application' to them. they had been tested in the heat, sweat, and thickets of life, but in the context of which he speaks, they were being revealed in the Silence. That 'sifting silence.' That place where hungry souls down-shift and 'lay it all down' before God.
They hold this stuff 'in the Light' and wait.
and with the way my life is going right now, i could use a little of that myself.