Friday, January 8, 2010

The Value of Emotions

In the book I'm using for the Daily Office, Begin the Journey with the Daily Office, Peter Scazzero quote's Dan Allender and Tremper Longman from The Cry of the Soul.

"Ignoring our emotions is turning our back on reality. Listening to our emotions ushers us into reality. And reality is where we meet God... Emotions are the language of the soul. They are the cry that gives the heart a voice... However, we often turn a deaf ear - through emotional, denial, distortion, or disengagement. We strain out anything disturbing in order to gain tenuous control of our inner world. We are frightened and ashamed of what leaks into our consciousness. In neglecting our intense emotions, we are false to ourselves and lose a wonderful opportunity to know God. We forget that change comes through brutal honest and vulnerability before God."

1 comment:

Derin Beechner (Durk Niblick) said...

Very good quote Donnie. Dan Allender is an incredible author.