Renew: True Hope for Real Life
David Speakman   -  

“I face the fact that I am living in an immoral, blind, even in some sense criminal society which is hypocritical, bloated, self-righteous, and unable to see its true condition—by and large the people are ‘nice’ as long as they are not disturbed in their comfortable and complacent lives. They cannot see the price of their ‘respectability.’ And I am part of it and I don’t know what to do about it—apart from symbolic and futile gestures.”
Thomas Merton

God can redeem the deepest agony, the most hideous suffering, the pain beyond words, into something that gives life and brings glory to Him. But make no mistake, the transfiguring of agony cost Jesus Christ inestimably. Death does not transform into life easily.
Diane Langberg

“It’s hard to be brave,” said Piglet, “when you’re only a Very Small Animal.”

Rabbit said: “It is because you are a very small animal that you will be Useful in the adventure before us.”

Piglet was so excited at the idea of being Useful that he forgot to be frightened.