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.

Elie Wiesel Quotes

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Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) was a Romanian-born writer and professor.  As a Holocaust survivor, he later lived in France and the United States.  He recounted his experiences from the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps when he wrote NIGHT in 1960.  In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Helen Keller Quote

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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

From Romans 5:3-5:  “And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Helen Keller Quote

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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened.

From 1 Timothy 2:2-4:  “So that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.  This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Suffering No More

Reading from Psalm 38, one finds David’s words as he asks for God’s healing.  This poem’s verses bring to the forefront an active voice with feeling, praying, finding, healing, praising, and seeing.

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Feeling darkness

Feeling unknown

Feeling empty

Feeling alone

 

Praying with faith

Praying this Psalm

Praying for hope

Praying for calm

 

Finding God’s love

Finding what’s heard

Finding new life

Finding His Word

 

Healing these wounds

Healing this soul

Healing my heart

Healing me whole

 

Praising Father

Praising accords

Praising heavens

Praising my Lord

 

Seeing the Cross

Seeing the light

Seeing Christ’s love

Seeing God’s might

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From Psalm 38:15:  “But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.”