Dear Hyde Park Family,
As a follow up to my Midweek Message a few weeks ago in which I offered ten helpful Bible verses for during this pandemic, I offer you these seven beautiful quotes from some of Christian history’s most beloved writers. May they speak to you as we continue to live into these unsettling days.
1. TRUST GOD, EVEN WHEN IT’S HARD
Trust in the dark, trust in the light, trust at night and trust in the morning, and you will find that the faith which may begin by mighty effort, will end sooner or later by becoming the easy and natural habit of the soul. – Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life
2. DISCOVER YOUR TRUE WORTH
In solitude we can listen to the voice of him who spoke to us before we could speak a word, who healed us before we could make any gesture to help, who set us free long before we could free others, and who loved us long before we could give love to anyone. It is in this solitude that we discover that being is more important than having, and that we are worth more than the result of our efforts. – Henri J. Nouwen, Out of Solitude
3. BE GRATEFUL TODAY
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a gift of grace. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. – Thomas Merton, Thoughts on Solitude
4. EMBRACE THE SILENT MOMENTS
For as long as I can remember, I have not feared silence but welcomed it as a source of spiritual deepening. Like other people living in the world, I’ve grown accustomed to the noise in my place of work, to the raucous sounds of the city, to the inner disquiet stirred up by busy thoughts and earnest projects. Silence can be an escape from the functional responsibilities and physical demands of listening and conversing with colleagues, friends, and family members. But it can also be an opening to God. – Susan Annette Muto, Pathways of Spiritual Living
5. FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS
Finally, I want to teach you the way of peace and true liberty. There are four things you must do. First, strive to do another’s will rather than your own. Second, choose always to have less than more. Third, seek the lower places in life, dying to the need to be recognized and important. Fourth, always and in everything desire that the will of God may be completely fulfilled in you. The person who tries this will be treading the frontiers of peace and rest. – Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
6. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same Everlasting Father, who takes care of you today, will take care of you tomorrow. He will either shield you from suffering, or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations. – St. Francis de Sales, Prayer for Hope
7. REMEMBER: GOD IS ENOUGH
Let nothing worry you;
Nothing dismay you;
God does not change.
If you have patience
You can do anything.
Those who have God
Want for nothing;
God alone is enough.
– St. Teresa of Avila, Nada Te Terbe
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist