From the certifiably crazy but incisive novelist Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates:
“I’m on the run from the Killer B’s. B for belief. B for belonging. The B’s that lead to most of the killing in the world. If you don’t Belong among us, then you’re inferior, or our enemy, or both, and you can’t Belong with us unless you Believe what We Believe. Maybe not even then, but it certainly helps. Our religion, our party, our tribe, our town, our school, our race, our nation. Believe. Belong. Behave. Or be damned.”
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
—- Jeannette Rankin, a pacifist who was the first woman elected to U.S. Congress
From Agnes Sanford’s The Healing Light:
“The body is not hard, solid matter, but is made up of specks of energy . . . the body is full of light that lives by the healing light of God. Healing is facilitated by our awareness and alignment with this ever-present healing light.
“In awakening to our deepest self, the divine within, we find the wholeness that brings spiritual healing even when a cure is not possible.”
From Jim Wallis’s book Faith Works:
“He [David] doesn’t have it all figured out before he acts. It’s his commitment to act that puts him in a position where he really has to use his intelligence to figure out how to do it. He’s motivated. . . . He was faithful enough to trust his own spirit. (We’re always tempted to defer to other people’s experience and perspective.) He was a shepherd, not a warrior, an outsider to battle. As such he saw resources others did not see, and devised a strategy that others did not devise.”
From poet Archibald MacLeish:
“It’s from the ash heap God is seen.”
From North Carolina preacher Ken Sehested’s article “Travelers Together”, May-June 2004 edition of the now defunct “The Other Side”:
“Being present on the margins, where life is coming apart, provides a clarity about God’s purposes that is not available anywhere else. It teaches us about our own spiritual poverty; it directs us to an affirmation of hope strong enough to endure despair; it steels our weak knees and timid hearts in the midst of our adversity.”