When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.
– Charles L. Allen
These doors are displayed on the lawn in front of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park, Illinois. Last year someone broke in and painted racial graffiti and swastikas inside this church preaches that God’s love includes everyone.
Everyday, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself to expand my heart out to others for the benefit of all beings.
– His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama
Not too long ago I walked a labyrinth for the first time in my life. I had flirted with labyrinths for years, but my expectations were so high that I kept finding reasons not to walk one. I did not want to hurry. I did not want to share the labyrinth with anyone who might distract me. I did not want to be disappointed. I looked forward to walking a labyrinth so much that looking forward to it kept me from doing it for years.
Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World