Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #49


Our Ordained Chaplains Scripture Verse for today is John 15:4 which reads, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from George H.W. Bush. He said, “From now on, any definition of a successful life must include serving others.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “The Call to the Ministry: Years of Wandering” (Part 20):

I had a problem of my own which needed to be solved now or never. All through the war the thought of Alice had been with me. Even though we had not written to each other I had kept track of her. I knew that she was still in Chicago but that in 1918, because of the long and irregular working hours, she had left the Young Women’s Christian Association and was working in a bank. A trip to Chicago was therefore imperative. This I took, but I found her adamant in her refusal to see me. I was dazed. It seemed an impossible ending. But I did not give way to the reaction of weakness, as in the earlier rebuffs. For several days I remained in Chicago, pleading with her. Then there came upon me a trancelike state similar to the one in Washington in 1908, and with many of the same ideas. It seemed that there must be some other man and that I was standing in the way. I wrote then, telling her of that Washington experience and of my readiness to make any sacrifice for her sake which it represented, even to the point of giving her to another man. Her reply to that letter was silence.

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