Monday, August 31st, 2020
In my post today I am going to share a quote and a poem. I am not going to share my personal commentary regarding them. My wish is for you, the reader to seek to find your own insights. Just as with the current climate within the United States, we each must uncover our own truths. God created each of us with the ability to understand truth and a conscience to know what is right and what is wrong. I encourage everyone to take a long look at themselves in a mirror, do you like what you see (?). The Bible tells each of us how we should act, talk and treat one another. It really is as easy as following two rules/commandments…
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” -Matthew 22:36-40
“Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep. The pain we encounter throughout our days spent on this earth comes from the illusion that some moments can be held onto. Clinging to people and experiences that were never ours in the first place is what causes us to miss out on the beauty of the miracle that is the now. All of this is yours, yet none of it is. How could it be? Look around you. Everything is fleeting.
To love and let go, love and let go, love and let go…it’s the single most important thing we can learn in this lifetime.”—Rachel Brathen (Yoga Girl; Love and Let Go, A Memoir of Love, Loss and Gratitude)
“There’s not a joy” by Lord George Gordon Byron
• George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (1788 – 1824)
*Also known as “Youth and Age”
There’s not a joy the world can give like that it takes away
When the glow of early thought declines in feeling’s dull decay;
‘Tis not on youth’s smooth cheek the blush alone, which fades so fast,
But the tender bloom of heart is gone, ere youth itself be past.
Then the few whose spirits float above the wreck of happiness
Are driven o’er the shoals of guilt, or ocean of excess:
The magnet of their course is gone, or only points in vain
The shore to which their shiver’d sail shall never stretch again.
Then the mortal coldness of the soul like death itself comes down;
It cannot feel for others’ woes, it dare not dream its own;
That heavy chill has frozen o’er the fountain of our tears,
And though the eye may sparkle still, ’tis where the ice appears.
Though wit may flash from fluent lips, and mirth distract the breast,
Through midnight hours that yield no more their former hope of rest,
‘Tis but as ivy-leaves around the ruin’d turret wreathe,
All green and wildly fresh without, but worn and gray beneath.
Oh could I feel as I have felt, or be what I have been,
Or weep as I could once have wept o’er many a vanish’d scene;
As springs in deserts found seem sweet, all brackish though they be,
So midst the wither’d waste of life those tears would flow to me!
“Fare thee well, and if for ever
Still for ever fare thee well.”
—Lord George Gordon Byron—
“May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:23—
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.”
—2 Thessalonians 3:16—
Until next time…🌻💙🔆🙏🏻💛
Be good to yourself!
Be kind to one another!
Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! May God’s Blessings be abundant to you today! Amen.
ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below.