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Three hermits lived on an island together. Their prayer of intimacy and Love was simple like they were simple. “We are three; you are three; have mercy on us. Amen.” Miracles sometimes happened when they prayed this way.

The bishop, however, hearing about the hermits, decided they needed proper guidance in prayer, and so he went to their small island. After instructing the monks, the bishop set sail for the mainland, pleased to have enlightened the souls of such simple men.

Suddenly, off the stern of the ship he saw a huge ball of light skimming across the ocean. It got closer and closer until he could see that it was the three hermits running on top of the water. Once on board they said to the bishop, “We are sorry, but we have forgotten some of your teaching. Would you please instruct us again?” The bishop shook his head and replied meekly, “Forget everything I have taught you and continue to pray in your old way.”    

Leo Tolstoy


About justingunter

I'm recently 29 years old, recently married and ready to change the world for God. He has called me to be a missionary! This means more than just changing zip codes and living in countries where I struggle (for a while) speaking the language the locals dream in. It means a lifestyle of sacrifice, audacious Hope and above all, a desire for Jesus simply because He is who He is. I moved to Franklin, TN in October 15th of 2012 and expect this to be the first of many changes for the great calling on the Gunter's life. Side note...I dig being married. It helps when you're married the best woman ever! Teale and I feel called to plant churches, combat sex trafficking and be a place of refuge and Holy sojourn to all who would seek to join alongside us for good or for a season. For now, Ol' Rocky Top is our home, Zoey is our Great Dane and we, the Gunters, love Jesus with all we have.

2 responses »

  1. Justin,
    I have been following your blog for some time. I was interested that you put up this story on your blog. I am in a community choir, and we just heard this story, because we are singing a song based on it. The song was from a musical called “The Three Hermits” based on the above story. The song we are singing is called “Pilgrims Hymn” by Stephen Paulus.
    I have the text on my site at the following link. Thank you for all your thoughts and insights. I have really enjoyed reading your site, and it has prompted me to think and rethink why I believe what I do, etc.
    God Bless, Heather

  2. It makes me want to be a hermit….with an xbox 360 of course….and my ipod..and oh my electric toothbrush…and…


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