Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #23

Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is Colossians 3:16 which reads, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from D.L. Moody. He said, “Christ’s is a loving, tender hand, full of sympathy and compassion.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Undergraduate Days” (Part 4):

Most vividly do I remember one occasion when I undertook to bum out the caterpillars in a walnut tree in our orchard. I used a long pole capped on the end with rags soaked in kerosene. With this I did considerable damage to the caterpillars. When I had finished, I laid the pole down on the ground. A litde later I came back, inspected the pole, and leaned it up against the woodhouse. Then I went to my room and buried myself in Tolstoi’s Anna Karenina. This was for me in that period of my life the kind of reading which was equivalent to playing with fire, but I permitted myself to read it, especially in vacations, because it was something which men of culture ought to be acquainted with. I can recall the feeling which had come over me from the reading, a sort of vertigo, when suddenly I heard the cry of “fire!” It did not take long to discover what the trouble was. Our woodhouse was on fire! Thanks to prompt action on the part of the city fire department, the fire was put out with only moderate loss, and the house itself did not catch fire. Enough of the woodhouse remained to show how the fire started. It had come from the pole which I had put up against the building. Rather symbolic, it seemed to me, of my personal situation. This happened, I believe, in the vacation preceding my senior year.

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