Hmm... April 2011

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

George Washington

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.

Abraham Lincoln

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world!

Helen Keller

Sit down before a fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. 

Thomas Huxley

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

C.S. Lewis

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Teilhard de Chardin

A Christian’s story is not about his or her triumphs, but about his or her failures and Christ’s supreme victory over them. If told honestly and artfully, that story possesses the power to spur other tales of transformation while fortifying community. But first, that story must be shared.

 Kristen Scharold

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it—always.

Mahatma Gandhi

Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When we’re young we usually don’t think much about growing old, or about our parents growing old either—not until something forces us to think about it. But it will happen, if they live long enough. So the first thing I’d say to those whose parents are growing older is to be prepared for it, and to accept whatever responsibilities it brings you.

Then be patient with them. They may not be able to do everything they once did, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily helpless or incompetent. And be alert to their needs—including their emotional and spiritual needs. Sometimes they just need to know that you’re there, and that you care. Be sensitive also. Occasionally I’ve seen children become heavy-handed and insensitive when dealing with their aging parents, and it only caused resentment and hard feelings. On the other hand, it may become necessary to step in and insist that they turn over the car keys, or let you handle their finances, or even arrange for them to move to a place where they’ll get better care. They may resist, and you need to put yourself in their shoes and realize the turmoil these changes can cause them. But they need to realize that you’re doing it because you love them and want what’s best for them. And pray for them also, that they will experience God’s peace and comfort as they grow older. Some day you’ll be there also, and what you do now will be an example to your own children.

Billy Graham
interviewed in Christianity Today

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