Sunday, May 31, 2015
Love is swift, honest, devout, joyous and pleasing; love is strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous. Love is never self-seeking, for when we seek ourselves, we abandon love. Love is watchful, humble and upright; it is not soft, not frivolous, not given to empty things; it is sober, chaste, steadfast, calm, and it always stays alert. Love is submissive and obedient; it is ordinary and insignificant in its own eyes, devout and grateful to God, always trusting and hoping in him, even when it cannot taste him, for one does not know love without pain.
(Thomas 'a Kempis, Book 3, Chapter 5)
31 May 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Be sorry for all of your sins in general; in particular, regret your daily offenses, and be especially sorry for them. If you have time, confess to God in the secret recesses of your heart the pain that your failings have caused you.
(Thomas 'a Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 7)
30 May 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
May God give you ...
for every storm, a rainbow;
for every tear, a smile;
for every care, a promise;
and a blessing for each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share;
for every sigh, a sweet song;
and an answer for each prayer.
(Irish Blessing, Whispers of Blessing, Day 342)
29 May 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Holy Spirit, give us the courage to be
gracious in the face of rudeness;
kind in the face of hatred and bigotry;
just in the face of injustice.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 9 November)
28 May 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
O Great Spirit, when I have food
Help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work ... the jobless;
... a home, those who have no home at all;
When I am without paint ... those who suffer;
Help me to destroy my complacency;
Bestir my compassion,
And be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
Those who cry out for what we take for granted.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Council Of Indian Nations, 12 October)
20 May 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Photo by: Mr. Dickie
No matter how dark things seems to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there.
(Norman Vincent Peale in Whispers of Blessing, Day 299)
17 May 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
God is no stranger to anonymity and often appears in human affairs in the guises of "luck," "chance," or "coincidence." If anonymity, somewhat fortuitously, became the spiritual basis for all of our ... [good fortune], perhaps God was acting anonymously on our behalf.
(Daily Reflections, 25 November)
16 May 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
If it really happened ...
if God did commandeer his own crucifixion ...
if he did turn his back on his own son ...
those six hours were no normal six hours.
They were the most critical hours in history.
(Max Lucado, Grace For The Moment, Volume II, 29 September)
15 May 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
No one has to remind you of the high cost of anxiety. ...
Worry divides the mind. ...
Anxiety splits our energy between
today's priorities and tomorrow's problems.
Part of our mind is on the now; the rest is on the not yet.
The result is half-minded living.
(Max Lucado, Grace For The Moment, Volume II, 20 October)
14 May 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Thank you for this opportunity to come closer to You on my spiritual path.
Bless me in this endeavor, I pray and help me keep from backsliding in the process.
I wait on You, God of my understanding.
(Christine Pisani in Prayers for Every Need, by Guideposts, p. 279)
13 May 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
Ship in the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal
I must always keep in mind that in every situation I am responsible for the effort and God is responsible for the outcome.
(Daily Reflections, 20 November)
11 May 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Our House Under a Double Rainbow
Photo by: Mr. Dickie
O Thou, who dwellest in so many homes, possess Thyself of this.
Bless the life that is sheltered here.
Grant that trust and peace and comfort abide within, and that love and life and usefulness may go out from this home forever.
(Author unknown, Whispers Of Blessing, Day 311)
6 May 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Photo by: Melva
This is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 44, Philippians 1:9-10)
4 May 2015