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Believers In Small Graces

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There are those who search God in the quiet places — no churches, no public displays of piety, no dramatic or flamboyant rituals.

They may be found standing in humble awe before a sunset, or weeping quietly at the beauty of a Bach concerto, or filled with an overflowing of pure love at the sight of an infant in the arms of its mother.

You may meet them visiting the elderly, comforting the lonely, feeding the hungry, and caring for the sick.

The greatest among them may give away what they own in the name of compassion and goodness, while never once uttering the word “God” out loud. Or they may do no more than offer a smile or a hand to someone in need, or quietly bow their heads at a moment of beauty that passes through their lives, and say a simple prayer of gratitude to the spirit that has created us all.

They are the lovers of the quiet God, the believers in the small graces of ordinary life.

Theirs is not the grand way, the way of the mystic or the preacher or the zealot or the saint. Some would say that theirs is not a way at all. All they know for certain is that life has beauty and a joy that transcends all the darkness that surrounds us, that something ineffable lives beyond the ordinary affairs of the day, and that without this mystery our lives would not be worth living.

I honor those who search for the quiet God, who seek the spirit in the small moments of our everyday life. It is a celebration of the ordinary, a reminder that when all else is stripped away, a life lived with love is enough.

~Kent Nerbern

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Written by MattAndJojang

December 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

    sweetopiagirl

    December 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

  2. Thank you, sweetopiagirl, for visiting our blog, and reblogging this post. It’s indeed a beautiful article!

    ~Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm

  3. What a wonderful phrase – “lovers of the quiet God”. In this time when everyone important has PR firms, “peeps”, “posses” and such, a quiet God seems counterintuitive. That could be a first clue that the phrase carries some truth. 😉

    shoreacres

    December 7, 2011 at 6:32 am

  4. Yes, even religious groups and institutions have PR firms to take care of their image! A sad development indeed.

    Values like the truth or integrity have been forgotten.

    In the end, if the image is not congruent with what the person or group stands for, nothing really matters.

    We need to go back to the basics. To quote Shakespeare: “To thine own self be true.”

    ~Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 7, 2011 at 9:43 am


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