“Oh Still, Small Voice of Calm”
Breathe through the pulses of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!
– John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 – 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and abolitionist. Highly regarded in his lifetime and after, he is remembered for his patriotic poems and a number of poems turned into hymns. Whittier grew up on a poor farm with a large extended family and little formal education. However, he was heavily influenced by Quaker ideologies of humanitarianism, compassion, and social responsibility, introduced to him by his father. He remained an outspoken proponent of abolitionism as a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Many of his early poems dealt with the cause of slavery. After the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, Whittier turned to other forms of poetry; his most famous include Snow-Bound and Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. Starting around 1850, he also wrote folksy New England ballads and narrative poems, sentimental country idylls, and simple religious poems that appealed strongly to his readers.
I pray to align; I pray to clear thought, to raise it on equal level of my beloved maintains glorious view; but in all end to let God define & direct the changing, the events, all occurrences. I have a spiritual relief from human rumination. I can not humanly foresee what I spiritually need to know.”
-Grey T. Full
That’s a pretty good instruction manual. Why worry and ruminate? Instead let’s pray to know Divine Life’s direction and guidance. That’s so much easier!
Enjoy having your thought directed for good!
I have learned not to pray for the specific, but instead to pray for Christ example in thought, love in life, being in God. Then the “Bouleversement” can occur.
-Grey T. Full
Are you praying for something specific? It’s not wrong, but you could be limiting yourself.
A higher prayer is to pray for Christ’s will in your life, or for his love in your heart….
If we pray for God’s way that blesses not just you, but everyone. That’s where you can embody the French word “Bouleversement,” which means to up-end or overturn.
Pray on a higher level and transform the world!
“It’s against God’s nature to remember forgiven sins. Grace forgets. Period.”
– From God Came Near by Max Lucado
Accept it now, dear reader. No matter what you have done, you are still loved — and forgiven. Why don’t you “Go Through the Washing Machine” of forgiveness. You can get clean of the past, now!
Just imagine yourself going through a washing machine. Be washed by the soap of new thinking. Churn around in the twister with new action. You can come out bright and new today.
Living and Giving Readers, let’s know this: Once we live in the right, we are clear and clean, we are pure and forgiven.
Grace (and a washing machine) forget the past!
Max Lucado (born on Jan. 11, 1955) began his career as an associate minister at Central Church of Christ in Miami, Florida before moving to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil two years later to help plant new churches as a full-time missionary. In 1988, he was hired as a minister to the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas. However, due to health concerns, he stepped down in 2007 from his position to take on a more limited ministry role of writing & preaching at Oak Hills. Max has a master’s degree in Bible & Biblical Studies, and has written almost 100 books with 80 million copies in print, including three recipients of the Charles “Kip” Jordon Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year and has also appeared regularly on several bestseller lists including the New York Times Best Seller List. Lucado was named “America’s Pastor” by Christianity Today magazine and in 2005 was named by Reader’s Digest as “The Best Preacher in America”. (God Came Near: Chronicles of the Christ, Portland, Oregon: Multnomah Press, 1987. IBSN 978-0-8807-0206-5., Bio Source: Wikipedia: Max Lucado & maxlucado: max-lucado)
Do It Anyway
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
This poem is widely attributed to Mother Teresa, after it was found hanging on a wall in her home for children in Calcutta. It is a revised version of “The Paradoxical Commandments,” written by Dr. Kent M. Keith. You can read more about the story on our UniversalGiving blog, PhilanthroPost.
“Things didn’t work out the way they’d hoped. The apartment where we were supposed to stay fell through. Jobs were hard to come by, and the money ran out. We had to live in our van and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone except me. Even though Mom fed me constantly, I couldn’t keep anything down and kept losing weight. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
“We didn’t have health assurance. Or money to take you to the doctor.” Mom told me later. “Baby, all I could do was lean on my faith.”
She sat on the floor of our van, held me in her arms and prayed words from Isaiah over and over. She asked God to heal me, and he came through. By the time my parents could afford a doctor, the disease had gone away. I was still on the small side but I was as healthy as could be.
No matter what the human scene is telling us, you are always more than able through God. But you need to believe it now. And again, and again and again. You are able for whatever you need to face in front of you!
Gabrielle Douglas (born December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, VA) began formal gymnastics training at 6-years-old and won a state championship by the time she was 8. She moved away from her hometown and family in 2010 to pursue training with world-renowned Olympic coach Liang Chow and was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. There, Douglas became the first African American to win gold in the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal with teammates Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber, the first gold medal for the American women’s gymnastics team since 1996.
Source bio: Biography.com
Source picture: Blackpast.org Blog
Source quote: Guideposts