O God of tender mercies, I know I’ve kept you at arm’s length. I’ve kept you safe in heaven. But heaven has leaned down to the earth and I’ve been touched anew. Like thirsty ground I long for you. Forgive my casualness about your Love. Forgive my shallow life. I am finished with shallowness. I used to pray that I be saved from eternal death, but now I pray to be saved from shallow living. Eternal death? Shallow living? Is there a difference? O God, deliver me from shallow living! —A Tree Full of Angels by Macrina Wiederkehr

Branch, Jim. The Blue Book: A Devotional Guide for Every Season of Your Life (Kindle Locations 386-390). Kindle Edition.