Words of Encouragement | Words of Inspiration | Words of Gratitude
Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a beautiful song. Open your heart and rejoice in its melody.
Eternity is in the present. Eternity is in the palm of the hand. Eternity is a seed of fire, whose sudden roots break barriers that keep my heart from being an abyss.
The beautiful is holiness visible, holiness seen, heard, touched, holiness tasted.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
― Oscar Wilde
The only lightless dark is the night of darkness in ignorance and insensibility.
The Love That Lives
Every child on earth is holy,
Every crib is a manger lowly,
Every home is a stable dim,
Every kind word is a hymn,
Every star is God’s own gem,
And every town is Bethlehem
For Christ is born again and again,
When His love lives in the hearts of men.
W.D. Dorrity (1909)
Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
Christmas abundance is....
A wreath on a door. The sound of the oven door opening and the fragrance of freshly baked sugar cookies. A turkey dinner. The crunch of snow underfoot. Christmas carolers in a downtown plaza. A lighted Christmas tree through the window. Eager children looking at a department store window display. Red roses in a florist’s shop. The scent of expensive perfume from an elegantly dressed woman. Candles burning in a sanctuary. The mystery of brightly wrapped packages.
--Candy Paull, Christmas Abundance
My first and last philosophy, that which I believe in with unbroken certainty, I learnt in the nursery. I generally learnt it from a nurse; that is, from the solemn and star-appointed priestess at once of democracy and tradition. The things I believed most then, the things I believe most now, are the things called fairy tales.
Christmas angels don’t just decorate the tops of Christmas trees. They can be embodied in flesh and blood, too. The word angel comes from the biblical word for messenger, evangelium. It means “the one who brings a good word.”
I am so grateful to the anonymous benefactors and the "angels" who bring unexpected tidings of joy and abundance. Like the "angels" who fund Broadway shows, these angels may never have their name in lights on the marquee, but the show would not go on without them. I have had angels appear in my life, friends and family who have offered unconditional love, encouragement, comfort, and a belief so strong that they have given monetary gifts as well as hugs and kisses. There is no website for these angels, no product to buy or sell. Their angelic work is behind the scenes, motivated by love. This group of inspiring friends, family, loved ones, and hidden benefactors can only be thanked with deeds. Words are inadequate.
When you have done your best, release your expectations. Then watch as the Divine synchronicity brings angels into your life. I promise it can happen, for it has happened to me. And if you feel so moved, be an angel in someone else's life. Give the gift of a hug, a helping hand, or even financial or practical assistance. I guarantee that your gift will have a ripple effect that will be felt around the world.
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God.
All God's angels come to us disguised.
James Russell Lowell
I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit.