the strongest force…

Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable. Gandhi

I do love this image. Opposite in size and balance. Great creature, small wise boy– they meet one another, reflecting strength and humility. Who knows which is the strongest or more loving. Does it really matter?

They meet face to face enveloped in an air of peace and confidence. Language does not limit this interchange. Words may be spoken but it is the spirit that bonds their intent.

Our intentions are at the core of our actions. They express acceptance or rejection, peace or battle. In a world vibrating with fear  and division, it is risky to love. Yet the risk is essential, not for gain but survival. Taken one step at a time, love’s strength can redirect the lost and reconnect the lonely.

I do love this image. In it there is hope – the greatest of challenges can be met. Success does not have to involve struggle but can be accomplished with humility and love. May we take the risk – one person at a time.

(Photo taken by Gregory Colbert.for ASHES AND SNOW)


Greeted by the light of Dawn…

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door. Emily Dickinson

How often do we sit on a cloudy day longing for the sun’s light. With its appearance, colors are brilliant, walks more pleasant and its warmth embraces us as we go through the day.

We do not know when we will be greeted by the light of dawn. This greeting may bring a new beginning, a fresh idea or a true sense of renewal. It is easy to wish for these life-giving changes but this wish often remains in our hearts, longing in the dark.

Take a chance – be ready – open your doors to the promise of dawn. When it arrives, may you feel encouraged by all it offers. Wait for it eagerly with doors open and hearts watching for its arrival. Dawn shines light on all things new – be encouraged, this includes you!