Saturday, February 4, 2017

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

~ Anne Frank

When I look back at the lives my grandparents, and those who came before them, endured I see hardship and dark times. A closer look reveals a generous measure of community, faith, laughter, and even joy as well.

I wonder what my great-grandchildren will see when they look back on these days we are living right now. It’s not all dark, no matter how it is sometimes portrayed in the media.

I choose to penetrate the darkness with a quiet and steady light. I choose to rely on faith and hope. I choose to do my best to make the tiny piece of the world I occupy just a little bit brighter and a little bit calmer.

Words and photographs are tools I use to do that. What instruments do you use to make your life beautiful?


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I always look forward to seeing your quote for the day. This is a beautiful one by Anne Frank, and one I’m not familiar with. I like to think that my tool is the gift of hospitality, when I make my home a refuge and peaceful place for family and friends to gather.

    1. That’s a powerful tool, indeed, Karen. Just imagine the lives you impact by sharing the refuge of your home as those who gather, in turn, take that peace out into their world and share it with others.

  2. Amen. Focusing on negatives never helps anyone, from what I can tell, but positives can and do. My tools are words as well. And love. And a smile.

    1. All worthy, strong, and effective tools, Lucinda.

  3. I use grandchildren. My voice. My new and diverse friends. Hope.

    1. Perfect, Karen.

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