some things i've been enjoying/inspired by as of late...
"The hour is striking so close above me,
so clear and sharp,
that all my senses ring with it.
I feel it now, there's a power in me
to grasp and give shape to my world.
I know that nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.
All becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
and they come toward me, to meet and be met."
[Rainier Maria Rilke]
"You gotta spend some time--love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find--love, I will possess your heart"
[Death Cab for Cutie]
"The great paradox and humor of God's audacious power; a stuttering prophet will be the voice of God, a barren old lady will become the mother of a nation, a shepherd boy will become their king, and a homeless baby will lead them home."
[Shane Claiborne, Jesus for President]
"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
[St. Francis of Assisi]