Other Writings

Frederick Buechner – A million things

Excerpts from Frederick Buechner’s sermon “The Birth”


…to run anything in this world…is like being lost in a forest of a million trees…and each tree is a thing to be done… A million trees. A million things. Until finally we have eyes for nothing else, and whatever we see turns into a thing.

So how am I to say it, gentlemen? When he came, I missed him.

— The Inkeeper

Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “The Birth”

I can’t begin to convey the magic of Buechner’s sermon “The Birth”; you just have to read it yourself.  But the excerpt above gives you a taste.


2 replies on “Frederick Buechner – A million things”

I find the practice of centering prayer to be very helpful in both clearing my head of distractions and having an intention focused on the spirit. And I have to keep doing it over and over and over . . .


I know what you mean about over and over and over – I often have to start the same prayer over several times before I can actually get through it, much less quiet my soul!


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