January 30, 2014

borrowed thoughts ... on hardship

[from Ruth Bell Graham's book, Legacy of a Pack Rat, a collection of quotes, anecdotes, original poetry & musings]

".... we who strangely went astray
Lost in a bright
meridian night
A darkness made of too much day."
~ Richard Crashaw (1613-49)

"There is a story of the fishermen working in the North Sea off England bringing in their catch to the Billingsgate Wharf in the city of London.  The fish, many of which had been caught days previously, were flabby.  But one fisherman always had firm, fresh fish.  However, he would not divulge his secret.  After his death, his daughter passed it along.  He always kept catfish in the well of the ship where the fish were stored.  The catfish kept the other fish in such a constant state of irritation they did not have the opportunity to grow flabby."

"Many seem patient when they are not pricked."
~ Richard Rolle, 13th century

"Men strive for peace, but it is their enemies that give them strength, and I think if man no longer had enemies, he would have to invent them, for his strength only grows from struggle." 
~ Zachary Verne, The Lonesome Gods, by Louis L'Amour

"Hearty through hardship."
~ George MacDonald

                        back the tears,
                        I'm thinking,
                        may just clear
                        the heart for sight;
                        as windshield wipers
                        help us on
                        a stormy, windswept

"And when the storm is passed, the brightness for which He is preparing us will shine out unclouded, and it will be Himself." 
~ Mother Graham, to her companion, Rose Adams, on the death of Rose's husband

"As the years passed she was disturbed, almost alarmed, by the growing peace and serenity of her days.  Surely it was wrong to be so happy.  Then abruptly she knew it was not wrong.  This was the ending of her days on earth, the dawn of her heavenly days, and it had been given to her to feel the sun on her face." 
~ Miss Montague in The Dean's Watch, by Elizabeth A. Goudge

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