Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes

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No darkness lasts forever.  And even there, there are stars.

If you evade suffering, you also evade the chance of joy.

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) was an American author who achieved success in the realm of science fiction as well as fantasy.

Darkness Overcome

From Isaiah 9:2:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.”

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Walking without light

Actions filled with sin

False gods and idols

Faith absent within


Living in darkness

Gloom filled with torment

God’s conquered people

Called now to repent


Hearing prophet’s call

Shadows hidden theft

Nation’s ember glows

God has never left


Seeing promised grace

Filled with renewed hope

Evil crawls away

Faith grasps mercy’s rope


Easing life’s burdens

True light’s beating drum

Fear replaced with joy

Darkness overcome

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From Isaiah 9:4:  “For the yoke of their burden and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, You have broken as on the day of Midian.”

Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

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The only way to get what you really want is to let go of what you don’t want.

Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.

Iyanla Vanzant (born 1953) is an American inspirational speaker, author, and television personality.

Coldest Darkness

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Candlelight reaches into darkness

Lasting symbol of perseverance


Winter’s persistent cold approaches

Gallant and stalwart hearts warm within


Interrupted basic needs of life

Power, heat, and water sometimes dwindle


Daily tension builds, never leaving

Terror rains down from harsh sky above


Civilians facing frequent attacks

Resilience shadows endless fear


Taking nothing today for granted

Blessed gratitude for another day


Nation’s spirit remains vigilant

Looking ahead to final breakthrough


Coldest darkness shall be overcome

Determined faces tell the world so


Always looking toward tomorrow

Morning’s light, never cast away


Everlasting dreams of victory

Proud people keep freedom’s fire glowing


Calling out to fellow world nations

Never forget lessons we teach you

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The journey of a vicious and unforgiving war in Ukraine has touched countless people in profound ways.  May a compassionate world continue to pray for this nation.  The spirit of freedom and self-determination survives each and every day.

August Wilson Quote

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Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.

From Psalm 32:5:  “Then I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the guilt of my sin.”

August Wilson (1945-2005) was an American playwright, who was honored to receive the  Pulitzer Prize in Drama twice in 1987 and 1990.  He has been referred to as the “theater’s poet of Black America.”

Falling Short

From Isaiah 1:4:  “Woe, sinful nation, people laden with iniquity, offspring who do evil, children who act corruptly, who have forsaken the Lord, who have despised the Holy One of Israel, who are utterly estranged!”

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Rebels and sinners

Destroying mankind

Forsaking our Lord

Always running blind


Evil filled with sin

Facing God’s high court

Shamming His guidance

Always falling short


His wrath pouring out

Avenging life’s foes

Consuming darkness

Always Father knows


Zion falls empty

Trampling God no more

Heeding to listen

Always grace to pour


Savior born on earth

Wielding Gospel’s might

Sharing His mercy

Always Christ’s daylight


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From Isaiah 1:18:  “Come now, let us argue it out, says the LordIf your sins are like scarlet, will they become like snow?  If they are red like crimson, will they become like wool?”

Tomorrow Postponed

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Gallant ship at risk

Battered by stormy seas

Crew now in peril

Bringing all to their knees


Wayward direction

No other help about

Lost in dark tempest

Navigating with doubt


Evil’s doom waiting

Chaos stirring despair

Waves follow waves

Growling like hungry bears


Hope draining away

Gloomy clouds hiding day

Erratic compass

Searching for tranquil bay


Turmoil faced alone

Unwelcome darkness roams

Light ahead invites

Sailing toward safety’s home


Beacon now fading

Promise dwindles away

Tomorrow postponed

Surrendering its way


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Matthew Henry Quote

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It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5:  “But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.”

Sprinting to Daylight

From Psalm 97:10-11:  “You who love the Lord, hate evil; He guards the lives of His faithful; He rescues them from the hand of the wicked.  Light dawns for the righteous and joy for the upright in heart.”

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Surrounding darkness

Evil’s world abounds

Life’s hesitation

Sinful, barking sounds


Playing with evil

Like kitchen’s hot stove

Waiting to burn us

Consuming faith’s grove


Hearing Father’s Word

Explicit warning

Hate evil, love God

Righteous good morning


Evil’s deception

Ignore its calling

Turning from darkness

Sinful flesh falling


Life’s new page opens

His goodness unfolds

Sprinting to daylight

Safe in God’s stronghold


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From the words of  American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “When we learn to hate evil, we learn to love what God loves.”

Hope in Darkness

From Daniel 12:1-3:  “At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise.  There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence.  But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.  Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

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Darkness invades man’s world

Painful times filled with loss

Perilous tragedies

Yet, hope calls from one Cross


Shattering brokenness

Heartache knowing no end

Grieving trauma scalds hearts

Yet, hope shall never bend


Prophets carry message

Few bothering to hear

Lasting shame and contempt

Yet, hope’s time coming near


God’s promises hold truth

Times of anguish shall fade

Deliverance knocking

Hope in darkness, now paid


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From Isaiah 9:6:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”