Tag: grace

A warm embrace

When the rain is blowing in your face And the whole world is on your case I could offer you a warm embrace To make you feel my love When the evening shadows and the stars appear And there is no one there to dry your tears I could hold you for a million years…
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Who Loved You Into Being?

Fifteen years ago, after receiving a Life Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys, the late Fred (Mr.) Rogers gave a memorable and touching acceptance speech. Shots of the audience of actors, actresses, and other stars and celebrities showed many of them in tears, moved by the tenderness and genuineness of Mr. Rogers’ words. We invite…
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I Love You Just the Way You Are

Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like “struggle”. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.     Fred RogersI love you just the way you are, even if …   You said something to me that was hurtful   …
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Uninhibited Joy

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt Last night after work, as a treat, we took my (Tom’s) children to an amusement park.  On a hot mid-summers-night it seemed like an important thing to do.  As we were working throughout the…
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Compassion Fatigue

Massive exposure to human misery often leads to psychic numbness.  Our minds cannot tolerate being constantly reminded of things which interfere with what we are doing at the moment.   ~Henri Nouwen  This morning I (Tom) watched the news and was struck by the formulaic/ritualized way the news was presented.  I heard about two children…
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Compassion Defined

Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.~Nouwen For next several blogs we want to talk about Compassion.  And specifically, we want to reference a book we love by Henri Nouwen called, Compassion.  This is a subject we have talked about before but want to talk about in more detail because we believe…
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We Must Always Forgive Oursleves

It’s toughest to forgive ourselves, so it’s best probably to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.      Patty Duke We wonder sometimes, whether it’s easier to practice the art of forgiving others or easier…
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Communication leading to community-choosing our words wisely

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.      Rollo May  In our last post we shared about how communication is key to any healthy relationship and the improvement we have seen in our marriages over the last several years.  We wrote about how control and fear are two of the…
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Heroes

Yesterday Tiger Woods won his first big PGA golf tournament, since November 2009, when his life and game deteriorated in a wrenching public scandal. Much press coverage was extended on the run-up to this victory and many sports commentators voiced many opinions on his abilities, his future and his character. This happens a lot when…
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Success

Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. Martin Luther King, Jr. Try not to become a man of…
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