Prayers, Quotes

Prayer for Courage & Compassion (Morning Prayer) …

Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easyanswers, and begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mysteryand paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes andconsequences that are inherent in each experience—to appreciate the factthat life is complex. — M. Scott Peck from The Road Less… Continue reading Prayer for Courage & Compassion (Morning Prayer) …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Hope Nonetheless …

Hoping against hope, he believed. —Romans 4:18 Hope nonetheless. Hope despite. Hope regardless. Hope still. Hope where we had ceased to hope. Hope amid what threatens hope. Hope with those who feed our hope. Hope beyond what we had hoped. Hope that draws us past our limits. Hope that defies expectations. Hope that questions what… Continue reading Hope Nonetheless …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Patient Trust (Prayers For The Unemployed And Those In Transition) …

Don’t you see how everything that happens is again and again a beginning, and couldn’t it be His beginning, since, in itself, starting is always so beautiful? ... these very days of your transition are perhaps the time when everything in you is working at Him, as you once worked at Him in your childhood,… Continue reading Patient Trust (Prayers For The Unemployed And Those In Transition) …

Quotes

Maybe The Desire To Make Something Beautiful Is The Piece Of God That Is Inside Each Of Us …

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well ... — Saint Julian of Norwich from Revelations of Divine Love   Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually. Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us. Now… Continue reading Maybe The Desire To Make Something Beautiful Is The Piece Of God That Is Inside Each Of Us …

Quotes

The Way Out Of Fear …

Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The… Continue reading The Way Out Of Fear …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Morning On A New Day (Morning Prayer) …

The glory of the human being is our ability to remake ourselves. The Buddha is very rightly called the Compassionate One because he holds out hope for everybody. He does not say our past has been dark, therefore our chances are dim. He says whatever our past, whatever our present, the sky is bright for… Continue reading Morning On A New Day (Morning Prayer) …

Days In The Desert, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Hope Anyway …

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Hope Anyway …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Continue Being Grateful …

... Now more than ever you can be generous toward each day that comes, young, to disappear forever, and yet remain unaging in the mind. Every day you have less reason not to give yourself away. — Wendell Berry from Sabbaths – 1993 Generosity does not require material abundance. When I think back on the many… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Continue Being Grateful …

Prayers, Quotes

Blessing of Courage …

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope… Continue reading Blessing of Courage …