Tag: suffering

Never Forget

We Pause…to Listen

The world’s media today is filled with stories remembering the horrific events of September 11, 2001. As we write this message, television screens are broadcasting simultaneous services of commemoration about what happened that day in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,977 people died — tragically, violently, needlessly. The world changed dramatically that…
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What is Most Private is Most Communal

  Tom   A cool breeze puffs its way across my face.   The widow in our bedroom, an all but glorified piece of plastic wrap, makes me one with creation, whether I wish to be in this way or not. Like the two night owls on the mountainside at the end of our block, I’m…
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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” –Khalil Gibran “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus—a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” -Mother Teresa This next…
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First World Problems

“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.” Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee “I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or…
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You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou Over the next several blog posts we are going to explore the…
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In Times of (dis)Stress

In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.         Fred Rogers In our last post on Wednesday, we talked about moving beyond ourselves and our own…
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Nothing is Ever Wasted

That which does not kill me, makes me stronger. ~Frederick Nietzsche What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you. ~Unknown   As we look back upon our lives it is particularly difficult to acknowledge that challenging seasons or experiences have meaning and purpose.  Our tendency is to try and forget them,…
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There is power in our powerlessness

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us…
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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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