For we do not have a high priest who is unable
to sympathize with our weaknesses...
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace
with boldness, so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help in time of need.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble
in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure in a field.
When a man found it, he hid it again, and then
in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."
...remember that it is not you
that support the root, but the
root that supports you.
I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people.
That they were mine and I theirs.
That we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers.
It was like waking from a dream of separateness of spurious self-isolation in a special world.
This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud.
The same Lord is Lord of all and is generous
to all who call on him.
For, "Everyone who calls on the name
of the Lord shall be saved."
Owe no one anything, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
So we, who are many, are one body in Christ,
and individually we are members of one another.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I'm immersed in the light!"
It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you."
Let us then pursue what makes for peace
and for mutual upbuilding.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Now you've got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I'm on the right way.
~Psalm 16:11 (The Message)
Peace be with you! There is hope in the night.
The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord!"
And the light is wilder here
Out on the edge of reason
And Love burns bright and clear
Out where I cannot seize Him
~Audrey Assad, Irrational Season