There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen
Here and now is where all the wonder of life lies hidden.
~ Wayne Dyer
Let yourself down into waters' embrace. You no longer need your reflection. Spirit will flow into Spirit. You will be born again.
~ Nancy Compton Williams
Do not go where the path leads.
Go where there is no path
and leave a trail.
Our eternal message of hope is that dawn will come.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nature seems to hold no grudges, have no regrets, and does not suffer from angst about tomorrow. She is here in the moment - celebrating today.
~ Catherine Renzi
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
~ Vincent Van Gogh
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
~ Og Mandin
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a land of deep shadow a light has shone. For the yoke that was weighing upon them and the burden upon their shoulders, thou hast broken in pieces O God.
~ Isaiah 9:2, 4
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~ Helen Keller
"Have no fear when darkness falls because there’s a light that shines within us all. There’s a flame that burns in every heart. It’s the will we have that lights the spark. Once in every lifetime, there’s a chance to stand apart."
~ Theme song from 2002 Winter Olympics
"I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower - the Light in the darkness, the Voice in silence."
~ Helen Keller
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”
~ William Wordsworth
"Help us to be the always hopeful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth as without light nothing flowers."
~ Mary Sarton
“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
~ Chinese Proverb
"Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together."
~ Vesta M. Kelly
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
~ From a Jewish ceremony
"Hope can and will come from the least suspected quarters, whether in the secret corner of our own hearts or of others."
~ L. Stuhl Mueller C.P.
"I pin my hopes to quiet processes and small circles in which vital and transforming events take place."
~ Rufus Jones
“I have called you by name, you are mine...you are precious in my sight.”
~ Isaiah 43:1-4
Mysterious as it may be, there is something wonderful at the heart of our existence, and it is about nothing other than love; love for God, love for one another, love for creation, love for life itself.
~ Gerald May
People with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of our congregations, members of our families; they are everywhere in this country. If we ignore their cries for help, we will be continuing to participate in the anguish from which those cries for help come. A problem of this magnitude will not go away. Because it will not go away, and because of our spiritual commitments, we are compelled to take action.
~ Rosalynn Carter
Presence is what we are all starving for. Real presence! We are too busy to be present, too blind to see the nourishment and salvation in the crumbs of life, the experience of each moment. Yet the secret of life is this: There are no leftovers! There is nothing -- no thing, no person, no experience, no thought, no joy or pain -- that cannot be harvested and used for nourishment on our journey to God.
~ Macrina Wiederkehr
Letting go of the need to control our spiritual path is especially helpful in the dark night because in these times we do not choose a path. We experience the path as given. Walking in trust, along the path that is given, is our way of saying yes to God.
~ Sondra Cronk
We're asked to go within to gestate the newness God is trying to form; we're asked to collaborate with grace...
...Spirit needs a container to pour itself into. Grace needs an arena in which to incarnate.
~ Sue Monk Kidd
Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to lived them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without knowing it, live along some distant day into the answers.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
For those who have dwelt in depression's dark wood, and know its inexplicable agony, their return from the upward out of hell's black depths and at last emerging into what he saw as "the shining world."
~ William Styron
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,"
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
~ Psalm 139:7-12