Martin Luther described the Christian spiritual life as consisting of three things: Oratio, Meditatio, and Tentatio – Prayer, Meditation, and Struggle.

The first two are disciplines. Most have at least a vague sense of what these are about. They have been written about by giants of the faith since the beginning, so what would I have to offer to that discussion? Probably not much.

But I do know struggle. As an American, I hate struggle. I like my burger in two minutes, my bed soft and warm, and my beer cold. I do not like pain.

Life is struggle, however. Luther called struggle the method by which God teaches us much.

Tentatio comes out of that struggle – that is why I write.

All without taking myself way too seriously…..hopefully.

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