“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death.”

Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016


What if?

Beauty Spot sunset, Unicoi Co., TN

“Look at the many ‘if’ questions we raise:
What am I going to do if I do not find a spouse, a house, a job,
a friend, a benefactor? What am I going to do if they fire me,
if I get sick, if an accident happens, if I lose my friends,
if my marriage does not work out, if a war breaks out?
What if tomorrow the weather is bad, the buses are on strike,
or an earthquake happens? What if someone steals my money,
breaks into my house, rapes my daughter, or kills me?”
Jesus says simply, “Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.”

Henri Nouwen, 1932-1996
Dutch Catholic priest and writer
(as quoted by Brennan Manning)



View from Beauty Spot, Unicoi County

“Why am I afraid to live, I who love life and the beauty of flesh
and the living colors of earth and sky and sea?
Why am I afraid of love, I who love love?
Why am I afraid, I who am not afraid?
Why must I pretend to scorn in order to pity?
Why must I hide myself in self-contempt in order to understand?
Why must I be so ashamed of strength, so proud of my weakness?
Why was I born without a skin, O God, that I must wear armor
in order to touch or to be touched.”

Eugene O’ Neill


Sunset from Beauty Spot, Unaka Mountain

“Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul.
They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance,
of the briefness of our span upon this earth.
They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude
beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal.”

Elizabeth Aston
The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy


Where is the Dawn?

Beauty Spot

“Hope begins in the dark,
the stubborn hope that if you just show up
and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.
You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”

Anne Lamott, b. 1954


I’ve been trying. I’ve been waiting, watching, and working. Goodness knows I’ve been stubborn. So far I haven’t given up. But I’m growing weary, tired, and worn. Tired and weary for myself, weary for others who have given everything they have and keep waiting in the dark, with hope, for the dawn. Lord, please send some light our way. Please send others to wait patiently and supportively with us in our weariness. Please renew our hope before we give up.