Tag Archive: Quotes and quips

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence and toughness multiples toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

My heart grieves for yet another battle we have lost in our active destruction of our morality.  As a nation, we have done the greatest disservice we can do to ourselves… teach our next generations that it is acceptable and right to revel in vengeance.  I do not mourn for Osama bin Laden, I mourn for our understanding of righteousness.

“We proclaim how precious each life is to God and should be to us. On the other hand, when it is the enemy that shrieks to heaven with his flesh in flames, we do not weep, we are not shamed; we call for more.”—-Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

The Touch of Flame

The simplest explanation that I have heard about what it means to experience joy is this:

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.

                                                                                            —Hellen Keller

I’m a big believer in the concept of choice.  We choose those things that better us, and unfortunately we choose those things that worsen us.  There is always a choice.  My prayer during these times of sorrow, of pain, of discomfort is that we might choose joy…  because joy does not fade in the face of adversity.  Joy is not dependent upon circumstance or favour or happenstance.  It is dependent upon the person of Christ whose death on the cross made possible the ultimate joy. 

Reconciliation and reclamation.

I pray that I might remember what Henri Nouwen said:

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.

                                                                                            —Henri Nouwen

Today, as my heart breaks for those who suffer far beyond my ability to comprehend, I pray I can choose to feel the flame of joy upon my face today.  To feel the warmth, and comfort would be a gift indeed.  For joy is not what we ascribe to happiness, it is eternal and divine.

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