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Wednesday of Hope – Don’t Be Afraid

This is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.

– Frederick Buechner

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

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How shall we walk into the new year?

The birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it.

– Frederick Buechner

To Be a Saint

Recently in a comment on one of my postings, Pastor John Keller reminded me of a quote about vocation by Frederick Buechner. Today I share another of Buechner’s quotes, this one is also about our vocation . . . what we are all called to as God’s  people . . . to be a saint.

To be a saint is to live not with hands clenched to grasp, to strike, to hold tight to a life that is always slipping away the more tightly we hold it; but it is to live with the hands stretched out both to give and to receive with gladness. To be a saint is to work and weep for the broken and suffering of the world, but it is also to be strangely light of heart in the knowledge that there is something greater than the world that mends and renews.

– Frederick Buechner

May we live our lives with hands unclenched and our hearts as open as this flower.