June 5, 2016
Readings for this Sunday:
1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24) • Ps. 146:1-10 • Galatians 1:11-24 • Luke 7:11-17
What is it in the widow at Zarephath that enables her to look past her own need to offer Elijah what might be her last meal? How does the generosity of our faith get rooted so deeply that it can elicit self-giving responses in the hardest of times?
The psychologist Angela Duckworth earned a MacArthur "genius" grant for her work on grit—that combination of passion and perseverance that enables us to continue toward a goal or stay true to our values. You can hear from her 2013 TED Talk below:
Vincent van Gogh, 19th century
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
"Dum spiro, spero (While I breath, I hope)."
Dalai Lama, 21st century
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
Frederick Buechner, 21st century
"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."
Paulo Coelho, 21st century
"The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter."
Victor Hugo, 19th century
"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."