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Bringing our faith from talk to power

If we...can see the issues of our day—the poverty, the racism, war and injustice—and if we can use the skills and resources that we get from our training at school or on the job, and if we can really be open to being equipped by the Spirit of God, then we will be used. We must lie on our beds at night and wrestle with how we can individually and collectively bring our faith from talk to power, how we can bring our faith and works to bear on the real issues of human need. I believe that right now we are facing a most difficult time in history. We are discovering that old strategies have failed and that the new ones, or rediscovered ones, will not let us hold onto our old lifestyles.

~ John Perkins in MOVING FROM TALK TO POWER
Let Justice Roll Down
By John M. Perkins

I had wondered what Nicholas was doing behind the closed door of his study

I had wondered what Nicholas was doing behind the closed door of his study at an early morning hour. Now I knew. He was not just reading and praying. He was following a discipline which focused him and made it possible for him to realize his full potential. He was lining up his center with the integrating principle at work in the universe, the principle which was ultimately stronger than the drive to fragment. He was tapping into the power of light which would allow him to live dynamically, surfing the chaos, splitting the darkness, serving the creator by serving others again and again.

~ from THE HIGH FLYER by Susan Howatch

The Farmer's Price

The Farmer's Pride

Some folks transplant rice for wages,
but I have other reasons.
I watch the sky, the earth, the clouds,
observe the rain, the nights, the days,
keep track, stand guard till my legs
are stone, till the stone melts,
till the sky is clear and the sea calm.
Then I feel at peace.
~ Anonymous, 16th c.

Work comes from the depth of our silence

Work comes from the depth of our silence connected to the silent suffering, the silent needs, and the silent joy of others.
~from THE REINVENTION OF WORK by Matthew Fox

This would be work worthy of the name human

To learn to meet our needs without continuous violence against one another and our only world would require an immense intellectual and practical effort, requiring the help of every human being perhaps to the end of human time. This would be work worthy of the name "human." It would be fascinating and lovely.

~ Wendell Berry in OUR ONLY WORLD
Our Only World: Ten Essays
By Wendell Berry

A garden offers ground for growth

A garden offers ground for growth, not only for plants that nourish and delight, but for engagement of self and world. Whether in the back forty acres or a small sunlit corner, for man or woman alike, to partake in the specific act of nurturing life brings insight not found in other pursuits. There is a sacramental element in watching a living thing flourish under our care toward its full potential, and what this nurturing opens in us becomes written on the human soul.

~ Anita Lange

The secret of seeing is, then, the pearl of great price

The secret of seeing is, then, the pearl of great price... But although the pearl may be found, it may not be sought... I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam.

~ Annie Dillard in PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK

In time of daffodils

in time of daffodils
(who know the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why, remember how...

in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek (forgetting find)

and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me, remember me

~ from "in time of daffodils" by e. e. cummings
Selected Poems
By E. E. Cummings

Flowers have incredible power

Flowers have incredible power. Their fragile beauty and brief life can teach us to enjoy without attachment, to experience deeply while knowing full well the experience is temporary. It is the same with all life... On the spiritual path it is not the pleasure we want to renounce, it is the attachment to the pleasure. Life will have its joys and its sorrows; to live fully we must live from the source, without attachment to either pleasure or pain.

~ Diane Mariechild

Gardening is the closest one can come to being present at creation

I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.
~ Phyllis Theroux
The Journal Keeper: A Memoir
By Phyllis Theroux
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