Maya Angelou

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"

Amazing Peace

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

This is a wonderful day

This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before.
~ Maya Angelou

Hope and fear

Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.

~ Maya Angelou

The ache for home lives in all of us

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

~ Maya Angelou

My faith is tested many times a day

I believe that Spirit is one and is everywhere present. That it never leaves me. That in my ignorance I may withdraw from it, but I can realize its presence the instant I return to my senses... My faith is tested many times a day, and more times than I'd like to confess, I'm unable to keep the banner for faith aloft... I begin to doubt God and God's love. I fall so miserably into the chasm of disbelief that I cry out in despair. Then the Spirit lifts me up again, and once more I am secured in faith. I don't know how it happens, save when I cry out earnestly I am answered immediately and am returned to faithfulness. I am once again filled with Spirit and firmly planted on solid ground.

~ from WOULDN'T TAKE NOTHING FOR MY JOURNEY NOW by Maya Angelou
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