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Ruth Bell Graham, wife of Billy Graham, passed away June 14, 2007.
A spiritual force in her own right, she wrote poetry which was at
once both intensely human and deeply spiritual. The poem below
was written about her mother. It seems as if it could also apply to
Ruth, and hopefully, to us all as well.


As the portrait is unconscious
of the master artist's touch,
unaware of growing beauty,
unaware of changing much,
so you have not guessed His working
in your life throughout the year,
have not seen the growing beauty
have not sensed it, Mother dear.
We have seen and marveled greatly
at the Master Artist's skill,
marveled at the lovely picture
daily growing lovelier still;
watched His brush strokes
change each feature
to a likeness of His face,
till in you we see the Master,
feel His presence, glimpse His grace;
pray the fragrance of His presence
may through you seem doubly sweet,
till your years on earth are ended
and the portrait is complete.

From Ruth Bell Graham's "Collected Poems"


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In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path
in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive
resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is
a long and arduous quest after Truth.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Indian spiritual and political leader




Before the Unconditioned,
the conditioned dances:
"Thou and I are one!"
this trumpet proclaims.
Kabir


This life is not separate from the
eternal. Most of what we know in this
existence pertains to the conditioned
being we experience, but it is the
Unconditioned Reality of the Divine
that grounds our life in this realm.
As Kabir, the mystic poet of India,
tells us, the conditioned "dances" in
the presence of the Unconditioned.In the
Divine it lives, develops, and fulfills
its purpose. Kabir exalts in this awareness
and the realization that we are at home in
the eternal.The Unconditioned, the Godhead,
is our ultimate home, and we are all in
transit to that reality. This realization,
which dawns on every mystic, is the source
of endless joy and ecstasy.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004



A lot of people feel, "God loves me because he has to.
But does he like me?" God actually likes you. He made
you, and he’s got a beautiful purpose for your life.

Luis Palau (1934-  )
Argentine born Christian evangelist


 

And now, the Last Word:


Be melting snow;
wash yourself of yourself.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian Sufi poet and theologian



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:

What does the Lord require of you,
but to do justice
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

- from the book of Micah

 

 

 

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