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Thinking about the situation of those in the path today of Hurricane Maria, people who will be blasted for the second time in two weeks by devastation, I picked up Meg Wheatley’s book, Perseverance, since there is nothing I can say of any relevance on my own. What I found was a quote from a 14th century Japanese Samurai Warrior. It was not what I was looking for but did make me think. What if it seemed I had lost everything? I mused. What would be left that would make me refuse to lie down and die? The answer focused on inner strength and so I repeat it here as a hope for those whose lives seem empty at this moment and a way to consider hope when all outer hope is gone.
- I have no parents: I make the heavens and earth my parents.
- I have no home: I make awareness my home.
- I have no divine power: I make honesty my divine power.
- I have no means: I make understanding my means.
- I have no magic secrets: I make character my magic secrets.
- I have no miracles: I make right action my miracles.
- I have no friends: I make my mind my friend.
- I have no enemy: I make carelessness my enemy.
- I have no armor: I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.
Think on these things and then, perhaps, create your own list of your inner strengths.
Louise Clarke said:
I have no righteousness of my own; I claim the righteousness of Jesus as the center of my being and my hope forever.
White, Theresa said:
Good afternoon, For some reason, I missed this posting. I have been praying for the refugees and their plight. I have been praying for those who have been victims of recent hurricanes . I have been praying for those who have been trafficked. I have been praying for those considering suicide as an answer.
Your post from this samurai, has helped me in my pondering. Inner strength is a skill to be learned and practiced. May I be a light that helps others to see that inner strength, a witness to GOD’s light and love within and surrounding me. As you have been and remain for me.
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On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 8:07 AM, The Sophia Center for Spirituality wrote:
> thesophiacenterforspirituality posted: “Thinking about the situation of > those in the path today of Hurricane Maria, people who will be blasted for > the second time in two weeks by devastation, I picked up Meg Wheatley’s > book, Perseverance, since there is nothing I can say of any relevance on my > ” >