“Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It is 9 o’clock, and I am sitting before the big fireplace in my library, where the pine knots are fast becoming ashes. Why not? Yes, why not see the Old Year out and the New Year in? I will pile more knots on the embers, and, leaning back in my chair, will see how the two years are mortised together. Why should I not help to look after these things, for I have had nearly eighty of these years, and every one of them chock full of gifts and goodness? I will have nothing to do with the doleful dolts, who count their troubles and see only what is missing. Tonight I shall see God tinkering at the joints of the years. Have you any idea how many years are locked together in one of these pine knots? Different trees, like different folk, vary in power to carry bruises and scratches. Early in life I learned there were two sides to everything, and I resolved that I would see always the bright side; I would stand as close as I could to God, and get his angle of vision. The more I see of the world, the more I am sure there is sunshine enough to go around. After all and thru it all, to make life worth the while, what we must have and make for health and growth, is soul-shine.”
–Edward Payson Powell
The last 2 weeks of 2018 were long and tiring and happy and busy and filled with some “ups” and “downs” and I shall be happy to share it all with you over the next few days. I trust that all my readers and friends had a wonderful Christmastime and are looking forward to the New Year.
I hope you “repeat the sounding joy” in your heart each and every day of Two-Thousand and Nineteen”
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.”
–Dale Evans Rogers
Photo by Carmen and Ginger
“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”
Photo by The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, PA