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Simon Jacobson, Book of 2 Corinthians, Barney Hamady,
St. Augustine, Book of Matthew, Frances Ridley Havergal
Rarely is any life lived without some sort of deep crisis that
produces fear or anguish. But some are forced to endure
prolonged violence or war, starvation, false imprisonment,
torture, and even slavery. When we pray for strength in
facing our own crises, we can also include in our prayers
those who struggle to survive the unimaginable.
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When we allow G-d in, G-d tells us, "I am with you.
I will protect you wherever you go." That assurance
becomes the source of the light that we see at the end
of the tunnel. No matter how daunting the challenge,
whatever the enemy or the battle, when we connect
to G-d we have the power to overcome and
conquer anything and everything.
What shall we do with this power? Strengthening
ourselves and our communities is the beginning, but
we must not stop there. We carry responsibility for
the universe, and how we fulfill that responsibility
directly affects our personal security and survival.
To understand this requires that we understand the
forces of history, and in moments of upheaval we
can at times distinguish the forces that shape our
histories. The Bible reveals these forces on and
epic scale; contemporary crises of our own times
are the modern echoes of those seminal events.
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
by Simon Jacobson,
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly
we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being
renewed day by day. For our light and momentary
troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that
far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on
what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is
seen is temporary; but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
New International Version
All the dysfunction, sin, and death surrounding us
are nothing but imposters, unwanted guests who
crashed a party they weren't invited to. They are
all counterfeits, perversions of the original design
God built into the fabric of the universe. That's why
they won't last. Though it often appears they will
remain enthroned in their spoiler role forever; their
status is actually a false one, destined to succumb
to the original and permanent plan of God.
a reason why we don't call insanity sanity, ugly
beautiful, death life, and hatred love. If all the
insane, ugly and morbid aspects of life were ori-
ginal, we wouldn't have any problem with them.
...But there is nothing original about hell,
sin and death...
The purity and perfection of God was established
long before sin and brokenness entered the scene.
Therefore, purity and righteousness will have the
last word...Death is the poser, not life. Sin is the
poser, not righteousness...The first act will be the
last act. In the end, love will chew up hatred.
From "Making Life Work When Life is Working You,"
by Barney Hamady
Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009
Blessed are thy Saints, O God and King, who have traveled
over the tempestuous sea of this mortal life, and have made
the harbour of peace and felicity. Watch over us who are
still in our dangerous voyage; and remember such as lie
exposed to the rough storms of trouble and temptations.
Frail is our vessel, and the ocean is wide; but as in thy
mercy thou has set our course, so steer the vessel of our
life toward the everlasting shore of peace, and bring us
at length to the quiet haven of our heart's desire,
where thou, O our God, are blessed, and livest
and reignest for ever and ever.
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Bishop of Hippo
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on
the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how
(strong) the wind was he became frightened;
and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save
me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand
and caught him, and said to him, "O you of
little faith, why did you doubt?"
New American Bible
The Last Word:
Hidden in the hollow
Of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow,
Never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry,
Not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry
Touch the Spirit there.
Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)
English poet and hymn writer
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
In a time of universal deceit,
telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell (1903-1950)
Author of "1984" and "Animal Farm"
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