Quintessential Quaker

A quote chosen by a member for discussion each Sunday.


April 12 Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something that needs our love. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


April 5

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love—
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

~ Lynn Ungar


March 29 “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual”. ~Oscar Wilde


March 22 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. ~ Jesus – Luke 12:48 


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