What is the highest form of prayer? …Surely the highest prayer is when we get ourselves off our hands, get out of our own light, and pray for another, a friend or an enemy, lifting his life before God, invoking blessing. Joseph Fort Newton
Running behind schedule while working on the 7×7 Link Award post and I wanted to leave a gift for you today….
Whatever your needs may be at this very moment
more words are not necessary to express them for
just a simple thought brings
into the picture
~be silent and tune in~
He lives all around and in
~be silent and tune in~
God watch over my friends and enemies
bless each one
and lead them all back to
Guess what? A couple of hours ago I was slumping. That’s my way of saying my writing ideas went for a walk (don’t ask me why today since it’s so cold outside) and left me slumping. Good thing my laptop found me, barely breathing, and revived me back to life. Thank goodness for a faithful friend.
Now that I’m all fired up, I should tell you a little about my evening with Joseph Fort Newton. He’s the guy who came to my rescue when I
failed or better yet, panicked, when pressured to write out my 2012 New Year’s resolution the other night.
Anyway, he brought along his book, Everyday Religion, filled with many of his thoughtful sermons and writings.
I won’t keep you long but look how well he answers his question:
When do we really live?
…When we are wise enough to live one day at a time, letting yesterday go and not living tomorrow until it arrives.
…When we know that everyday is a little life, every night a little death, and that we pass this way but once in our journey.
…When we have learned a few great books full of beauty, serenity, and vision, and treasure them as our guides and companions.
Great books that guide and read like your favorite companion’s company, make cold winter nights seem like an evening spent cuddling with your best friend, sipping hot cocoa in front of that warm, glowing fireplace and enjoying the moment in harmonious silence.
Winter nights are longer and in the past people would find creative outlets to pass the hours until morning arrived. Quilting, mending various household or farm tools, playing musical instruments and polishing up the gun collection are just a sampling of the by-gone winter night activities. Today,as we all know, there is an over abundance of entertainment to choose from, but my all time favorite is spending it with a favorite writer(s).
When do you think you really live?
Have you read any great book(s) recently that either guided you or kept you entertained?
Thanks for stopping in and glad you met up with Mr. Newton.
Happy reading and writing!
2012 . . . right around the corner. I’m feeling the pressure–what’s it gonna be–huh, huh? What’s it gonna be??
Come on, spill it out on this page. Put it down once and for all.
My mind, it’s not large enough, not smart enough, not creative enough to think on its own.
Come on. Think-think.
I had to call, Joseph Fort Newton, to help with my 2012 New Year’s resolution. He thought it out for me. Sweet!
LOOK OUT 2012! I resolve to live these words with each breath I take, each step I make, and every prayer I make . . .
A faith fit to live by,
a self fit to live with,
a work fit to live for,
somebody to love and be loved by–
these make life.
to forgive others,
and to live with thanksgiving,
we need not seek happiness–
it will seek us.
Hey, my mind is turning out something . . . you, dear readers are simply charming and I have enjoyed every minute spent here with you all. Thank you for a memorable 2011 and let’s do 2012 giving of ourselves, forgiving those we failed in the past and always living in gratitude.
Photo credits: Flickr & Wikipedia
Inspiration: Daily WP #340: What are some possible new years resolutions for you?