There is no love of life
without despair of life.
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me,
an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me,
an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me,
an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was,
within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard
the world pushes against me, within me,
there’s something stronger –
something better, pushing right back.
I would rather live my life
as if there is a God and die to
find out there isn’t,
than live as if there isn’t a God and
to die to find out that there is.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. ~1 Corinthians 10:13 ✝
A warm and cheery fire roars merrily And shadows dance about the darkened room. Beside the hearth a gardener sits and dreams Of sunny days, of flowers in full bloom. Some hollyhocks should tower near the fence, Bright red ones that the bees can’t help but find. The trellis at the gate again must wear Blue morning glories, or the rosy kind. To lend a bit of distance to the scene, Close to the rear I’ll plant in shades of blue: The tall and stately larkspur, double ones Of course I’ll put in scabiosa, too. I couldn’t do without a pansy bed Snapdragons make such beautiful bouquets. Frilled zinnias and yellow marigolds Add just the proper touch to autumn days. The flowers grow and bloom with loveliness Until a sound destroys the fantasy A burning ember falls and I must leave My garden and my charming reverie. ~Helen Bath Swanson
I will sing to my God a new song: O Lord, you are great and glorious, wonderful in strength, invincible. ~Judith (Apocrypha) 16:13 ✝