Words of Inspiration

“Do not place your happiness in what you can hear or feel of God in prayer but rather in what you can neither feel nor understand. God is always hidden and difficult to find. Go on serving God in this way, as though God were concealed in a sacred place, even when you think you have found God, felt God or heard God. The less you understand, the closer you get to God.

“Prayer will teach you, too, that God is nearer to you than you are to yourself. After passing the fiery crucible and stepping through the narrow doorway where you can bring nothing with you, enter the cave of your heart that contains God, whom the universe cannot hold.”
~~Pierre-Marie Delfieux

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does indeed please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. – Thomas Merton, from Thoughts In Solitude.

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” H.L. Mencken

“God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason. He who has surrendered himself to it knows that the Way ends on the Cross–even when it is leading through the jubilation of Gennesaret or the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.” Dag Hammarskjoold

Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things; Grant me this day some new vision of they truth; Unknown.

There is an original inside me.
What’s here is a mirror for that, for you. Rumi

““If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.””
– Albert Camus

“Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for He that created you has sanctified you, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be thou, O God, for having created me.” – Final prayer of St. Claire.

15 thoughts on “Words of Inspiration”

  1. God is so good and true

    • I read only your (about) and the last post. Although your position is unclear, as to loyalties, your message is clear and I couldn’t agree more. bdrex

  2. Thanks!

  3. helluva words 🙂

  4. 🙂

  5. I believe that no matter what, everyone living, passed over, or not here yet has eternity to learn the answer to all their questions. And that the answers are hidden in the questions. If we could only get over being impatient with ourselves, we could have much easier lives and contribute more to the world’s needs. I like your blog. Good work.

    • I kinda think the same thing. And therefore having answers to everything right now is not so important. Asking the right questions seems more to the point. Thanks for visiting. !END

      • You know, Sherry, I believe that we’re on to a very important aspect here. Considering the immensity of life, how could anyone expect to have THE CORRECT, absolute answer to anything? I have a bird’s eye view of what living consists of through six generations; And the one thing that keeps coming up for me is how each generation lives
        ‘ on the shoulders” of all that have gone before. I believe in Christ Jesus. I read something recently that caught my attention but I can’t remember what I was reading and so can’t give due credit to the author. It indicated that if Jesus was to have written down everything that he had said and thought, the amount of books or manuscripts would be infinite in number. So,,,, my feelings are that we evolve through spiritualizing our thinking; And evolution will never stop since GOD is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. Please let me know what you think or believe. Thanks, Jean

        • If you look under “our ideology” you will get a pretty clear perspective of what I believe generally. I believe that all is God, but doesn’t contain all of God. I struggle as do most people with the issue of pain and suffering. If God could create in any fashion, why with so much pain? The non-human element is rife with suffering. Yet I accept that life must struggle to sentience to contemplate God at all, and we must then struggle to gain maturity and enlightenment sufficient to meet this God face to face. But then again, why must it be so? Perhaps God(s) are but those few instances when life forms have gained perfect enlightenment much as the Buddha. Again, the questions are more important than the answers. We can not possibly understand but a very limited amount now.

          • When President Kennedy said “Ask not what your Country can do for you; rather ask what you can do for your Country.”, it came to me to substitute the word Country with the word GOD. Plus I ask you to turn your question “If God could create in any fashion, why so much pain?” around to this way: What makes people think that God could have created people in just any old way.? I can’t think of any reason that God would have gone against the laws of the physical universe, physics, which he had already created, and put his spiritual children in a world where they could not have anything new to learn, i.e., “The reality of living in a material world is cause for celebration, not desertion, depression, or suicide, etc. The metaphysical world is for contemplation, study, and anticipation, et al; not to replace, substitute, or rob one’s sense of being an entity who has all the beauty, glory, and hard fought right of passage through the birth canal to this most gorgeous of places we learn to call HOME SWEET HOME !” I distinguish between spelling God and GOD as: GOD represents when we think of Father, Mother, God. The other spelling God represents just Father. Does any thing here help your questions? It’s very hard for me to put into words my spiritual thoughts. When you replace Country with GOD or God, drop the “your” and replace it and you’ll see a difference in the meaning. Blessings

  6. I didn’t expect my reply to be listed in a vertical line up. Sorry

  7. My feelings are thus: If God is truly omniscient, omnipresent, and so forth, then God can fashion the physical laws in any manner, and it would seem could do so in a manner that avoids pain and suffering. It may be that this is unavoidable while still maintaining an environment that leads to learning and continuing maturity. Those may be necessary for any creation to actually rise to the level of “knowing” God. It may in fact be God’s own journey. I think that this is a fundamental question–turning many a very learned believer into an agnostic however. I thought I had an easy answer, but alas I’ve read criticisms that have me again looking more deeply at the question. It has not shaken my faith, for I do believe in the end that we are simply not far enough along the road of enlightenment to simply shuck it all in some arrogant human fashion as most atheists nowadays seem to do. I do very much appreciate your thoughts…The way to stop the descending length of each line is to just post as a new comment each time…:)

  8. allen moody said:

    “If God could create in any fashion, why with so much pain? The non-human element is rife with suffering.”

    Hmmm… Sherry, you have an interesting blog and generally I don’t respond to these kinds of discourses, but, thought I would give a try. I’m almost 60 years old and left the ‘church’ years ago as I found it full of hypocrites who were listening to the teachings of Jesus, but, weren’t really hearing what he had to say. I also left because most people in the bible studies I attended didn’t appreciate my questions with regards to the Bible and its teachings.

    When I see statements that include “…why with so much pain?” I can only assume you’re watching too much TV or listening to too much radio, or spending too much time on-line and not paying enough attention to your own local community.

    Imagine yourself in a community in the 1800’s or earlier where information about the world came to you only sporadically if at all. How many tragedies have occurred in your local community in your lifetime? Where I live in western WI for the last twenty years there has NEVER been a single murder. I can’t recall a single person dying in house fire. No one in this community has died of a heroin overdose. The worst tragedies in our local communities generally are caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol. I do NOT live in a community of “…so much pain.”

    And, I KNOW you do not live in a community of “…so much pain.” You live in Iowa.

    BUT, if you watch TV, listen to the radio, or spend too much time on the internet where the emphasis is on tragedy then yes the world does experience “…so much pain.” However, I choose to not let those stories rule my life.

    Suffering seems to be a recurrent theme in your blog and I thought I might throw an opinion born of my years on this planet.

    Suffering is a “default setting”. When God decided to create life and humans on our dynamic planet ‘He/She’ had a problem.

    “Dang. I got a problem here. Everything needs energy. Covered. It’s called the ‘Sun’. But, with all those nuclear reactions that solar wind is pretty hostile. I sure wish this ‘universe’ had a different Periodic Table, but, it’s all I got to work with. Okay. No problem. I’ll create a planet with lots of water, an atmosphere, continents, and to make sure it all stays in place I’ll install a dynamic system of a mantle and iron core to create a magnetic dynamo to shield all living things from those dreadful cosmic rays that want destroy everything living thing I created.”

    “Oops. Plate tectonics? Earthquakes?!! Where did those come from? Hurricanes? That wasn’t part of the plan! Floods? Dangit. What a mess!! And why didn’t anyone tell me what the side effects of testosterone and estrogen were going to be!!”

    So, there you go.

    Generally speaking most people live pretty mundane lives filled with the occasional tragedy of a lost loved one due to an accident, illness or old age. Without a doubt most lives are ABUNDANT with joyous and happy moments day in and day out.

    It’s just those stories don’t sell.

  9. Interesting take. I appreciate your thoughts, and to tell the truth, in some respects you have me wrong. I too decry the constant theme of pain that seems the bread and butter of the media. Crime is not rampant though Fox news would certainly have you think it is.

    I was speaking in a much much deeper sense actually. The issue of pain and suffering is a very real one and one that atheists (the thoughtful ones at least) can make a good case for. If there is a God, and that God creates as he/she/it sees fit, what benevolent being creates worlds in which pain and suffering is the daily lot of most creatures?

    You speak of heroin overdoses and house fires, which are highly uncommon to most no doubt, but cancer and other debilitating diseases are not. Babies and small children die. Animals are either of the predatory nature or of the prey. Neither has a particularly good life as we would define it.

    Planets suffer from natural catastrophe which kills millions. We are structured in some fashion that allows us to feel the need to kill each other for land and for resources and personal belongings, not because they are essential to our own survival but merely because greed seems a part of who we are.

    Now, that does not mean that I buy the atheist argument that such a god that allows such pain is insane by definition and nothing to worship, but rather that perhaps God has limitations as well. He can create systems but not the natural evolution of such systems and all that that may entail. We are natural productions of millions of years of evolution, set in motion by the system of laws that produce that life. Perhaps there is no other way.

    Thus God awaits our growth into we are meant to be. Meanwhile we do the best we can to struggle together to eradicate the pain we can.

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