Cultures are always dancing with denial. Writers tap us on the shoulder and say, "May I cut in?" Susan Shaughnessy, Walking Alligators
The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words-“Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but-“Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in my life. Oswald Chambers
Mistakes are the portals of discover. James Joyce
Jesus is our mouth, through which we speak to the Father; He is our eye, through which we see the Father; He is our right hand through which we offer ourselves to the Father. Unless He intercedes, there is no intercourse with God. St. Ambrose (c.339-397)
Naturally, the first emotion of man towards the being he calls God, but of whom he knows so little, is fear. Where it is possible that fear should exist it is well that it should exist, cause continual uneasiness, and be cast out by nothing less than love…. Until love, which is the truth towards God, is able to cast out fear, it is well that fear should hold; it is a bond, however poor, between that which is and that which creates — a bond that must be broken, but a bond that can be broken only by the tightening of an infinitely closer bond. George MacDonald
To be almost saved is to be totally lost.
“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.” Joseph Addison