Tag: hope

Not Alone in Our Sadness

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.      Gandhi The news from Connecticut today was devastating, utterly devastating. The…
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Being Afraid Keeps Us from Shining

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.…
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ENOUGH!

It isn’t the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it’s how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer.      Pema Chodron  Suffering.  It’s a word in the language that none of us likes to hear; in fact, most of us cringe…
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Reinforcing a Different Message

The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling as if they are worthwhile.      Fred Rogers   A sense of self-worth. It’s something we all need. It’s something our hearts crave. It’s something that most of us don’t have enough of. We talk with people all…
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Things aren’t always as they seem

  Things aren’t always as they seem.      Jim Robbins, musician and author   If you ever watch any of the home buyer/home improvement shows on TV there’s a reaction that’s very common in many of the shows.  Invariably, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a prospective home buyer for a new home or a homeowner looking…
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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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