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Quotes for Saturday – Today: Bonhoeffer, Berry, Rilke, Dahlstrom

I have hundreds of them that are meaningful to me, so I thought, why not share a few each Saturday in hopes of bring a little thought, comfort, challenge, or inspiration to your weekend.  Enjoy.  –

Look people in the eye and you will discover their intentions.  Not how people laugh.  Listen to how they talk about their parents.  Listen to how they speak about God.  It is not the distant person who is the greatest mystery, but rather precisely our neighbor.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When silence profound now spreads itself around us, may we yet heart that full voice of the world unseen around us, the hymn sung by all your children.  By benevolent powers wondrously sheltered, we, confident, await what may come.  With us God abides, evening and morn, more surely still with each dawning day.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Let everything happen to you:  beauty and terror. Keep going, no matter what.  No sensation is too far out.  Let nothing separate you from me….the land which they call ‘life’ is near.  You will recognize it by it’s serious demands.  Give me your hand!”  Rilke

Sometimes I can no longer think in the house or in the garden or in the cleared fields.  They bear too much resemblance to our failed human history – failed because it has led to this human present that is such a bitterness and a trial.  And so I go to the woods.  As I go in under the trees, dependably, almost at once, and by nothing I do, things fall into place.  I enter an order that does not exist outside, in the human spaces.  I feel my life take its place among the lives – the trees, the annual plants, the animals and birds, the living of all these and the dead – that go and have gone to make the life of the earth.  I am less importantly than I thought.  My mind loses its urgings, senses its nature, and is free.  Wendell Berry

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  –Mark Twain

Aware of danger but not controlled by fear, knowing that ultimately our safety lies in the love of Jesus, who keeps writing our story every day we follow Him, this story that doesn’t end in death, but goes on into eternity.  Kristi Dahlstrom

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