Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In All Simplicity ~ Christina Rossetti

"O Lord, whose way is perfect, 
help us, we pray Thee, always to trust in Thy goodness:
that walking with Thee and following Thee in all simplicity
we may possess quiet and contented minds
and trust ourselves 
to the love of our heavenly Father
now and evermore"

~ Christina Rossetti







More at http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/christina-rossetti/11534.html

Artwork by Iain MacNab http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Macnab

Friday, May 24, 2013

All 's Right with the World ~Robert Browning

"The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;        
The snail's on the thorn;
God 's in His heaven—
All 's right with the world!"

~Robert Browning



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Something Way Down Deep ~ Thornton Wilder



“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being."

― Thornton Wilder


More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornton_Wilder

Artwork by Hans Tisdall  http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/tisdall-hans-19101997/paintings/slideshow

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hear the Groans ~ Oliver Cromwell


"Strengthen us O God, to relieve the oppressed,
to hear the groans of poor prisoners,
to reform the abuses of all professions;
that many be made not poor to make a few rich;
for Jesus Christ’s sake."

~ Oliver Cromwell



More at    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Fox#Encounters_with_Oliver_Cromwell

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hurry and Impatience ~ Evelyn Underhill


“On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgment and efforts to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.”

― Evelyn Underhill


More at ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Underhill

Friday, May 10, 2013

Like a Pebble ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion
that if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble
Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret,
Spilled on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Wadsworth_Longfellow

Artwork by Stephen S Yaeger http://www.yaegerart.com/

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Beyond our Control ~ Contemplative Scholar


"We are taught to think that good days just happen to us, occasionally, and for reasons beyond our control. But the truth is, our days are mostly shaped by our own actions. Yes, other things happen to us, but it is our own responses to the unpredictable events in our lives that really makes a difference. It is possible to deal with good fortune badly; but it is also possible to deal with tragedy well. Much in our lives is beyond our control, but what is within our control matters enormously. No matter how much our lives feel driven by the unpredictables of life, or by our own demanding schedules, at every moment there is a "space" of choices, and in this space we can always find the Spirit if we look."

~ Contemplative Scholar


More at  http://contemplative-scholar.blogspot.co.uk/2007/08/unprogrammed-quaker-living-highly.html

Artwork by Edward Bawden http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bawden

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