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Dear Lord, today I thought of the words of Vincent van Gogh:
"It is true there is an ebb and flow, but the sea remains the sea."
You are the sea. Although I experience many ups and downs
in my emotions and often feel great shifts and changes in my
inner life, you remain the same. Your sameness is not the
sameness of a rock, but the sameness of a faithful lover.
Out of your love I came to life; by your love I am sustained;
and to your love I am always called back. There are days of
sadness and days of joy; there are feelings of guilt and
of gratitude; there are moments of failure
and moments of
success; but all of them are
by your unwavering
My only real temptation is to doubt in your love,
to think of myself as beyond the reach of your love,
to remove myself from from the healing radiance of
your love. To do these things is to move into the
darkness and despair.
O Lord, sea of love and goodness, let me not fear
too much the storms and winds of my daily life,
and let me know that there is ebb and flow but
that the sea remains the sea. Amen.
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest, author of over 40 books
From "The Dance of Life,"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
Now when (Jesus) got into a boat, his disciples
followed him. And suddenly a great tempest arose
on the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves.
But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and
awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little
faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea
and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying,
"Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"
Matthew 8: 23-27
The Holy Bible,
New King James Version
"Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident."
The Psalmist reiterates his confidence and makes us, his readers,
reiterate that our hearts, too, shall not fear. When you can say quietly
and truthfully at any hour of the day or night "my heart shall not fear,"
the world has no more power over you...
Emmet Fox (1886-1951)
Irish spiritual leader and writer
From "Around the Year with Emmet Fox"
When spirituality is correctly understood
and active in one's life:
Faith cannot be diminished
Hope cannot become depression
Charity cannot be stopped
Love cannot become fear
Friendships cannot be broken
Courage cannot be sidelined
Peace cannot be ended
One's spirit cannot be stifled
The soul cannot become diseased
Eternal life cannot but be with God
Charles A. Carter, CPP
Member of the lay order:
Community Passionist Partners
Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show
Life's burdens light.
I kiss the cross and wake to know
A world more bright.
And o'er earth's troubled, angry sea
I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and tenderly,
Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life's shore,
'Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of Christian Science
From the hymn, "Christ My Refuge"
Christian Science Publishing Company
And now the Last Word:
Your life has not been rehearsed. It is an
adventure, and a discovery, and a training,
and it is the final goal that matters.
All the fish needs is to get lost in the water.
All humankind needs is to get lost in the Dao.
Zhuangzi (c. 360 - c. 275 BC)
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