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Our slowing down this Advent

May our slowing down this Advent be our gentle protest against the violence of our rushing world. May our slowing down give quiet, steady witness to the values of attentiveness, carefulness, patience, receptivity, stillness. May our slowing down enable us to make real and meaningful connections with people, nature, work, art, and (most importantly) with God.
~ Melannie Svoboda, SND in her blog "Sunflower Seeds", November 28, 2016

My peace I give to you

My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

~ John 14:22

Hope is catching and it is loose in the land

Remember it’s time for justice and peace to kiss and truth and kindness to embrace.
Remember it’s time for us to turn and face each other, ourselves, and God again.
Remember it’s time to hasten that day!...

Hope is catching and it is loose in the land, set loose by words and impassioned belief that
God is paying attention to what is going on in history, and that God has plans, as [God]
always has for those ... made to live in peace...
~ Megan McKenna in ADVENT, CHRISTMAS, AND EPIPHANY

Christmas enters

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air...

Hope spreads around the earth, brightening all things,
Even hate, which crouches breeding in dark corridors...

We beckon this good season to wait awhile with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you to stay awhile with us.
~ Maya Angelou, excerpt from "Amazing Peace"

Surely the holy one is not deaf

Surely the holy one is not deaf.
He hears the delicate bells that ring
On the feet of an insect as it walks.
~ Kabir in THE SONGS OF KABIR, translated by Rabindranath Tagore

God loves the lowly

God is so free and so marvelous {doing} wonders where people despair... tak{ing} what is little and lowly and mak{ing} it marvelous. And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly... God marches right in {and} chooses people as... instruments and performs... wonders where one would least expect them.
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer in GOD IS IN THE MANGER

Every small thing

Jesus came to us as a child so that we might come to understand not only that nothing we do is insignificant, but that every small thing we do has within it the power to change the world.

~ Joan Chittister, OSB in BECOMING FULLY HUMAN

Light a candle

The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.
~ Irving Greenberg in THE JEWISH WAY

All that is necessary

All that is necessary
To make this world a better place
To live is to love as
Christ loves, as Buddha loved.
~ Isadora Duncan

Peace is inside all of us

Peace is inside all of us.
We just need to share it.
~ Jacoba Barber-Rozema, age 10
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