“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
At the end of the day, at the end of it all, only love remains eternal. People before things! People before accomplishments! Generosity and compassion, not possessions or admiration, make life significant, invaluable and redemptive.
“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”
― A.A. Milne
It’s been a long, long winter for so many of us. I am wishing for you warmth tonight – warm prayers of gratitude, warm interactions with your loved ones, warm tea, warm socks, warm moments of rest. May God bless you and keep you in His perfect peace!
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.”
― Helen Keller
Perfectionism, while alluring with its promises of order and tidiness, is rigid and prone to breakage when faced with the unexpected. Flexibility, on the other hand, allows for detours and interruptions, teaching patience in the process. When contentment is dependent on things and ideals, it remains elusive. When contentment is all wrapped up in gratitude, however, and in the giving and receiving of kindness and love, it is abundant, readily available, regardless of our circumstances. Stay pliable, my friends! xo
“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
“But I just forgave her this morning for the exact same thing,” my son complained the other day. “And you will probably have to forgive her for it again before bedtime,” I responded. “And your sister will have to forgive you over and over again as well. That’s what families do: never give up on each other.”
Love assumes we will all, at some time or another, fall and fail, screw up and let one another down, yet Love remains patient and merciful.
Is Love convenient and/or effortless? No.
Love is humbling and resilient.
Hello, beautiful girl.
Peace looks great on you!
“It’s just that lust does not wake up at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday to take care of your kid who just vomited all over the living room carpet. Lust snuck out the back window. But love works. Love knows. Love sees your extra 20 pounds, your unlotioned legs, your first gray hair, your 3,000th gray hair. And love keeps on being love.”
- Glynn Washington, host of “Snap Judgment”
Amen to that!