Advent reflections: Hope Peace Joy Love

I asked for peace – You offered your presence. I asked for hope – You came to my side. I asked for joy – You lit my journey. I asked for love – You gave me yourself. David Adam – The Glory of Light

Hope is like a road in the country; there never was a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence… Lin Yutang

In the broken place where we live, hope can be found in the cracks….we too can bloom in our brokenness where we live and see more. Joan Taddonio

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope…. Live right in it.   Barbara Kingsolver – Animal Dreams

Hope is the trust that God will fulfill God’s promises to us in a way that leads us to true freedom. The optimist speaks about concrete changes in the future. The person of hope lives in the moment with the knowledge and trust that all of life is in good hands. Henri Noewen

The hub of calmness — that’s your heart. That’s where God lives within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that centre and you’ll always find peace. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love 

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water.  Wendell Berry

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.   Alan Watts

Peace is not merely the absence of war, but the constant effort to maintain harmonious existence between all peoples, from individual to individual, and between humans and the other beings of this planet.  Haudenosaunee Declaration, 1979

True wealth … is the radiant joy of Being and the deep unshakable peace that comes with it. Eckart Tolle

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? Kahlil Gibran

Joy.. … is a spiritual engagement with the world based on gratitude. Richard Wagamese

Solitude and silence teach me to love others for what they are, not for what they say. Thomas Merton

Do you know that your fervent wishes can only find fulfillment if you succeed in attaining love and understanding of humankind, animals and plants, and stars, so that every joy becomes your joy and every pain your pain? Albert Einstein

Beyond the binary is love.

Call upon the help of those who love you.  These helpers take many forms; animal, element, bird, angel, saint , stone or ancestor. Joy Harjo

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