Life feels fraught with distress and anxiety these days - so many people I care about are dealing with health scares and concerns. I have a couple little issues of my own to add to the mix. And then there are all those horrid events destroying lives around the world. Life does not feel beautiful some days, and yet a lifetime of learning to watch for the beauty and ask for His infinite grace, helps me to navigate moment by moment through these troubling times. For that I am grateful.
When I feel overwhelmed, I search for words to calm and steady my thoughts. How often I have found good thoughts being offered by fellow life travelers in their writings and social feeds. On this sunny Friday morning, with wind sweeping through bare treetops and waning flower gardens, I share these few words with you... hoping your own heart is steadied by something you read here.
"Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of the overcoming of it."
"There must be a silk purse
in here somewhere."
JULIA CAMERON, The Sound of Paper
"Faith includes noticing the mess, the
emptiness and discomfort, and letting
it be there until some light returns."
ANNE LAMOTT, as seen on social media
When my heart is overwhelmed,
lead me to the Rock that is higher than
my wisdom and abilities.
BASED ON PSALM 61:2
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Stanzas 1 and 5
Sending heart hugs and wishes for a beautiful weekend,
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