winter

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

Make all things new

In our secret yearnings
we wait for your coming,
and in our grinding despair
we doubt that you will...

Give us the grace and the impatience
to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,
to the edges of our fingertips.
We do not want our several worlds to end.
Come in your power
and come in your weakness
in any case
and make all things new.
~ Walter Brueggemann in AWED TO HEAVEN, ROOTED IN EARTH

Amazing Peace

We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope...
To celebrate the Promise of Peace.
~ Maya Angelou, excerpt from "Amazing Peace"

Blessings of joy and peace

BLESSINGS of joy and peace! May the Promise of this season find a home in your heart!

~ Nan Merrill, 1992
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