“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” – Henri Nouwen
Today’s quote comes from Frederick Buechner via Voice of the Day from the “God’s Politics” blog.
We hunger to be known and understood. We hunger to be loved. We hunger to be at peace inside our own skins. We hunger not just to be fed these things but, often without realizing it, we hunger to feed others these things because they too are starving for them. We hunger not just to be loved but to love, not just to be forgiven but to forgive, not just to be known and understood for all the good times and bad times that for better for worse have made us who we are, but to know and understand each other to the same point of seeing that, in the last analysis, we all have the same good times, the same bad times, and that for that very reason there is no such thing in all the world as anyone who is really a stranger.
– Frederick Buechner
from Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons
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One of my favorite new websites is Soul Pancake. Most every day you will find something there to provoke reflection and discussion. Yesterday one of the posts asked the site’s readers to list five things they don’t ever want to forget. Here are my answers.
1. As Jimmy Davis, former Louisiana governor and gospel singer, once sang “The things that I love and hold dear to my heart, they’re just borrowed; they’re not mine at all.”
2. God is love.
3. Things are just stuff. Ultimately they are unimportant.
4. I am a follower of Jesus.
5. My lovely daughter Desiree and my responsibilities for her and her well-being.
How about you? What are five things you don’t ever want to forget?