Wednesday of Hope – Seeds of Love

Every farmer who plants a seed takes a risk. We work through faith that the good deeds we do are to put down roots. The roots are invisible, but they sustain plants that may not give fruit for a while. How lovely is this planting the seeds of love.

– Omid Safi

Welcome the Present Moment

Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. Why? Because it is all we have.

– Pema Chodron

Wakening to Oneness – Life Abounds

Life abounds in all variety of resources and resourcefulness. Every moment is a divine encounter, every facet is an exposure to the boundless energies by which life is sustained and our spirits made whole.

– Howard Thurman

Wednesday of Hope in The Peace of the Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

– Wendell Berry, “The Peace of the Wild Things”

 

Wisdom of Thoreau

I want to go soon and live away by the pond, where I shall hear only the wind whispering among the reeds. It will be success if I shall have left myself behind. But my friends ask what I will do when I get there. Will it not be employment enough to watch the progress of the seasons?

– Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry 1841

Wakening to Oneness – We Are God Sparks!

All living beings are, so to speak, sparks from the radiation of God’s brilliance. These sparks mere from God like rays of the sun.

– Hildegard of Bingen

Wednesday of Hope – Quiet Courage

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

– Mary Anne Radmacher

Take Your Time Today

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

– Lao Tzu

Wakening to Oneness – The Drop Is the Ocean

We feel like separate water droplets but we are also ocean.

– Jane Hirshfield

Wednesday of Hope – Do Not Be Dismayed

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. And all things can be mended,
Not with time, as they say, but with intention,
So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

– L.R. Knost