“Truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.”—Moby Dick by Herman Melville (via lifeofliterature)
“to think too much about the Christian faith, on the other hand, is dangerous because a “cold intellectual approach” destroys people’s personal relationship with God & leads them to doubt their personal experience of God’s saving grace. it is in feeling not thinking, emotions not the mind, that people are receptive to & actually experience the work of the holy spirit in their lives.”—
this is relevant. this is my weakness. this is hard.
“you can be no worse, if you are no better, for that expectation. for were you to be disappointed of your hope, still you lose nothing. but you shall not be disappointed of your hope: it will come, and will not tarry. look for it then every day, every hour, every moment! why not this hour, this moment? certainly you may look for it now, if you believe it is by faith.”—john wesley
“Events unfold so unpredictably, so unfairly, human happiness does not seem to be included in the design of creation. It is only we, with our capacity to love that give meaning to the indifferent universe. And yet, most human beings seem to have the ability to keep trying and even try to find joy from simple things, like their family, their work, and from the hope that future generations might understand more.”—Woody Allen (via whimsyatteatime)
“you know that old trees just grow stronger and old rivers grow wilder every day. old people just grow lonesome, waiting for someone to say hello in there, hello. so if you’re walking down the street sometime and spot some hollow ancient eyes, please don’t just pass them by and stare as if you didn’t care, say hello in there, hello.”—hello in there, john prine.
“but legitimate anger (that is, the anger that reflects the wrath of God) will not express itself in a vindictive desire to get even, pay back, and destroy “the enemy.” it will express itself in the search for ways to heal broken relationships, restore order, and liberate the oppressed for the good of everyone on both sides or all sides.”—shirley guthrie
“at some thoughts a man stands perplexed, above all at the sight of human sin, and he wonders whether to combat it by force or by humble love. always decide: i will combat it by humble love. if you resolve on that once for all, you can conquer the whole world. loving humility is a terrible force: it is the strongest of all things, and there is nothing else like it.”— the brothers karamazov, fyodor dostoevsky