- "Don't spend one second chewing on a mistake. It's a meatless bone."
— Hugh Prather in Spiritual Notes to Myself
- "I have an idea that laughter is able to mediate between the infinite magnitude of our tasks and the limitation of our strength."
—Jurgen Moltmann in The Doubleday Christian Quotation Collection by Hannah Ward, Jennifer Wild
- "Having a good dog is the closest some of us will ever come to knowing the direct love of a mother, or God."
—Anne Lamott in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
- "There are many, many things in the world that I have had neither the time nor the ability to love, and so I know little about them. But those things I love, I have come to know. What we choose to love is very important, for what we love leads our eyes, ears, and hearts on a pilgrimage that shapes the texture of our lives. As Jesus reminds us, 'Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.'"
—Wayne Muller in How, Then, Shall We Live?
- "May the God of justice and mercy unite us in compassionate solidarity with all those in need, that our lives may be just and merciful, and a source of blessing to many. Amen."
—Marchiene Vroon Rienstra in A Forgiving Heart by Lyn Klug, editor
- "Empathy is risky business, which may be why we so often shy away from it. It's risky because when we extend ourselves to a person who is in pain we're allowing their condition to remind us of our own, remind us that what they are bearing is the human condition, and the inevitability to which we are all exposed."
—Erik Kolbell in What Jesus Meant
- "In this spacious and tender place I pray you will allow yourself to be enfolded in the fullness of Beauty's gifts: love, creativity, joy, forgiveness, courage, compassion, enchantment, serenity, and faith for coping in transcending whatever challenges you face in this unsettling world of ours."
—Patricia Adams Farmer in Embracing a Beautiful God
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