1. 10

    Spring seems far off, impossible, but it is coming. Already there is dusk instead of darkness at five in the afternoon; already hope is stirring at the edges of the day.

  2. 9

    They are fruit and transport: ripening melons, prairie schooners journeying under full sail.

  3. 8

    Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine.

  4. 7

    Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. If you could see them clearly, naturally you could do a great deal to get rid of them but you can't. You can only see one thing clearly and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.

  5. 6

    But hope has an astonishing resilience and strength. Its very persistence in our hearts indicates that it is not a tonic for wishful thinkers but the ground on which realists stand.

  6. 5

    We shortchange ourselves by regarding religious faith as a matter of intellectual assent. This is a modern aberration; the traditional Christian view is far more holistic, regarding faith as a whole-body experience. Sometimes it is, as W.H. Auden described it, 'a matter of choosing what is difficult all one's days as if it were easy.

  7. 4

    In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.

  8. 3

    If grace is so wonderful, why do we have such difficulty recognizing and accepting it? Maybe it's because grace is not gentle or made-to-order. It often comes disguised as loss, or failure, or unwelcome change.

  9. 2

    Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.

  10. 1

    Friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it.

  11. Last Update: 1 October 2022

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