73 & Sunny

a collection of thoughts, images, reflections & quotes that celebrate the beautiful bittersweetness of life.

…What if our only hope lies in this impossible paradox: the only way the kingdom of God can be strong in a truly liberating way is through a scandalous, noncoercive kind of weakness; the only way it can be powerful is through astonishing vulnerability; the only way it can live is by dying; the only way it can succeed is by failing?
— McLaren
the beauty and mystery of aliveness. View high resolution

the beauty and mystery of aliveness.

nothing quite like it. #thetable View high resolution

nothing quite like it. #thetable

There is only one invitation it would kill me to refuse, yet I’m tempted to turn it down all the time. I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.
— Goff
The suffering of our lives and the wounds of our world are great. But the risen Christ still comes to be one with us, bearing the scars of his own suffering, entering our grief and pain with words of comfort, “peace be with you.” The wounds of Christ remain as a symbol of his solidarity with us. His scars are a sign of hope that we too can integrate the painful experiences and rise to new life. Let us model the compassionate companionship of Christ, and be good to one another, that healing might come to all.
— Rev. Lori B Sawdon, FUMC Lodi
It’s like: We made it, we love it—oops, it’s gone. But the best part is still here.
— Lamott
This is the most profound spiritual truth I know: that even when we’re most sure that love can’t conquer all, it seems to anyway. It goes down into the rat hole with us, in the guise of our friends, and there it swells and comforts. It gives us second winds, third winds, hundredth winds.
— Lamott
For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.
— Evelyn Underhill
It is through the mundane and the familiar that we discover a world of ceaseless wonders.
— Brussat
the mystery and awareness of aliveness #payattention View high resolution

the mystery and awareness of aliveness #payattention

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