“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
Oprah Winfrey, b. 1954
“If all the insects were to disappear from the earth,
within 50 years all life on earth would end.
If all human beings disappeared from the earth,
within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.”
Jonas Salk, 1914-1995
Medical researcher, discovered first polio vaccine
“If there is any meaning in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, it is this:
that there is a God who created us, and who loves us so much
that He would stop at nothing to bring us to Him.
And I really suspect that of all the things we think we want to know,
the only thing we really want to know is that we are loved.
And if Jesus means anything, He means that you are loved.
I hope you know that. And I hope you stop worrying
about all the stuff you don’t know,
because I don’t think it amounts to a hill of beans.”
Rich Mullins, 1955-1997
An Arrow Pointing to Heaven
“‘The Word became flesh,’ wrote John,
‘and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14).
That is what the incarnation means.
It is untheological. It is unsophisticated. It is undignified.
But according to Christianity, it is the way things are….
One of the blunders religious people are particularly fond of making
is the attempt to be more spiritual than God.”
Frederick Buechner, b. 1926
“And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us — listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Susan Cooper, b. 1935
“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you….
In spring, summer and fall people sort of have
an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country,
can you have longer, quiet stretches
when you can savor belonging to yourself.”
Ruth Stout, 1884-1980
“A human being is only interesting if he’s in contact with himself.
I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are,
and do what you ought to do the way you should do it.
You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.”
Barbra Streisand, b. 1942