Tag: hope

The Returning Light

If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures.     Ralph Waldo EmersonEvery year, as soon as Halloween is over, our (Michael’s) son Matthew waits for the lights. He’s been doing it for more than a dozen years. As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, as the…
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Why do we have to die?

Why do we have to die?  To make life important. ~unknown We attended a funeral together this morning; a funeral of someone connected to many of our friends and people we know.  The service was in many ways a celebration, one that lifted up the legacy of this person’s life.  The message most strongly conveyed…
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Hope is An Extraordinary Spiritual Grace

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.      Vincent McNabbOne of the greatest obstacles to having hope is our misguided understanding of what hope really is. In Wednesday’s blog we began with a quote from Vaclav Havel:Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.…
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At Least a Ray

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.      Vaclav Havel What is this thing called hope?We hear it all the time,thrown around as if it is our salvation.Never give…
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A Certain Light

33 miners.For 69 days.Trapped 2,000 feet under the surface of the earth.It was two years ago this week that the Chilean Copiapo’ mine disaster began, dominating the deadlines for more than two months that late summer and early fall. We remember the horror at learning of the cave-in and we remember the emotional and dramatic…
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The Banquet at 2:00a.m.

Life is a banquet.  And most of you poor sons of bitches are starving to death.     from the Braodway show, Mame      We once heard a speaker share a powerful story about experiencing true joy and abundance in   this life.  The speaker talked about how he had been leading a seminar late into the evening and…
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Compassion–Signs of Hope

When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope. ~Henri Nouwen  This morning we spent time reflecting on our past, where we have been, pains we…
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Loneliness–One of the Greatest of all Diseases

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. ~Mother Teresa   Both of us know friends who for many years have bottled up deep feelings, wounds, guilt, and pain inside.  They have been afraid to share because they fear being judged–they think to themselves, if she or he only knew where I have…
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Hindsight is Always 20/20

Hindsight is always 20/20.     Billy Wilder We have all heard that old adage – “hindsight is always 20/20”.   The older we get and the more experience we gain the more we see how truthful that adage is.  With age, we hope, comes maturity and with experience, we hope, comes greater wisdom.  We’ve all had moments in…
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They Inspire Us

Tuesday turned out to be an extremely special day for us – with two watershed encounters of inspiration, affirmation and joy.  We were on a work-related retreat together.in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and these two experiences still leave us filled with gratitude, awe, excitement and promise.  As we continue to grow our non-profit, we need these watershed moments.  We…
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