Saturday, May 28, 2011

Looking for the Good

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"We have a choice. We can seek for the bad in others. Or we can make peace and work to extend to others the understanding, fairness, and forgiveness we so desperately desire for ourselves. It is our choice; for whatever we seek, that we will certainly find."

"I don't like that man.  I must get to know him better."  
~Abraham Lincoln

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." 
~Galileo Galilei

Nay, Speak No Ill

 Nay, speak no ill; a kindly word
Can never leave a sting behind;
And, oh, to breathe each tale we’ve heard
Is far beneath a noble mind.
Full oft a better seed is sown
By choosing thus the kinder plan,
For, if but little good is known,
Still let us speak the best we can.

 Give me the heart that fain would hide,
Would fain another’s faults efface.
How can it please the human pride
To prove humanity but base?
No, let us reach a higher mood,
A nobler estimate of man;
Be earnest in the search for good,
And speak of all the best we can.

Then speak no ill, but lenient be
To others’ failings as your own.
If you’re the first a fault to see,
Be not the first to make it known,
For life is but a passing day;
No lip may tell how brief its span.
Then, oh, the little time we stay,
Let’s speak of all the best we can.

Text and music: Anon., ca. 1853

 29Let no corrupt acommunication proceed out of your mouth, 
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
 30And agrieve not the holy bSpirit of God, 
whereby ye arecsealed unto the day of redemption.
 31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and aanger, and clamour, 
andbevil cspeaking, be put away from you, with all dmalice:
 32And be ye akind one to another, tenderhearted, 
bforgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Our Potential

Dearest Children, God Is Near You

 Dearest children, God is near you,
Watching o’er you day and night,
And delights to own and bless you,
If you strive to do what’s right.
He will bless you, He will bless you,
If you put your trust in him.

John Menzies Macfarlane, 1833–1892

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.  
~St. Augustine

You must act ever in the consciousness of your divinity and recognize in each being, a brother,
child of God. The whole world is one family.

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.

As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me.

Psalm 82:6

 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are achildren of the most High.

"Never forget, my dear young friends, that you really are
 a child of God 
who has inherited something of His divine nature, 
one whom He loves 
and desires to help and bless.

`Gordon B. Hinckley, 2003

Sunday, May 15, 2011


"How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?"
~Oscar Wilde

~Sarah Teasdale

Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer

Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
Thy sweet message now impart.
May thy Spirit, pure and fervid,
Enter ev’ry timid heart;
Carry there the swift conviction,
Turning back the sinful tide.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
May each soul in thee abide.

Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
We are weak but thou art strong;
In thy infinite compassion,
Stay the tide of sin and wrong.
Keep thy loving arms around us;
Keep us in the narrow way.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
Let us never from thee stray.

Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
Thou wilt bind the broken heart.
Let not sorrow overwhelm us;
Dry the bitter tears that start.
Curb the winds and calm the billows;
Bid the angry tempest cease.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
Grant us everlasting peace.

Text and music: H. R. Palmer, 1834–1907

14The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
 15The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
 16Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
 17The Lord is arighteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
 18The Lord is anigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in btruth.
 19He will fulfil the adesire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
 20The Lord apreserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
 21My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.