March 23

Reflection 

Sometimes the unconscious feelings of a lifetime can be unlocked by a simple word. The one who speaks may not know the power of the words, but the effect may be an awakening to the listener. In spite of our apparent strength, we all have our areas of fragility. There is often a time lag between what the mind grasps and what the emotions hold tenaciously. This period may be long or short, but the moment of realization is often a surprising grace. It offers insights and loosens bonds we may not have known we wore.

Prayer 

Today if I hear God’s voice may I harden not my heart.

Action

Be open to the words others speak whether casually or seriously. They may hold truth you need to hear.

Suggested Reading 

Today if you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart.
Psalm 95 

Behold, God was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before God; but God was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but God was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Kings 19:12

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.
Thomas Merton
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.
Carl Jung

In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
Albert Camus

There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Morpheus
When a concept has been understood intellectually, if the learning is to be of value then a connection with personal feelings, inner knowing and experience has to be made, and consideration of how the information would best be applied.
Peter Shepherd

When enough of us focus our intentions on a better world, a world of cooperation rather than competition, of compassion and forgiveness, rather than hate and avarice, it tips the scales toward a collective renaissance of the best of human nature.
Steven Farmer

No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.
Buddha

 If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is inside you, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you.
Jesus Christ (Book of Thomas)

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