|Bedside Prayers: Prayers and Poems for When You Rise and Go to Sleep
||[Jun. 24th, 2010|12:46 pm]
Twelve Months of Reading
You may be thinking: "This isn't an Oz book!" And you'd be right.
At the moment I intend to try and go back to using this blog as a place to write thoughts or capture quotes or what not from whatever I happen to be reading at the time. I hope anyone reading this does the same as the spirit moves them (so to speak).
This was a random book my parents (read: Mom) got me for my birthday 10 years ago. Now that I've moved in with the boyfriend, I've got a bookshelf in the living room, the top shelf of which has all of the books I own but haven't read yet. A few weeks ago I was looking for something quick to read and couldn't get into the bedroom (naptime) so I took this off the shelf and gave it a whirl. it's mostly nice fluffy poems/prayers that make you feel good without digging too deep. Which is fine, there's definitely a place for that. Though the cynical part of my brain kept thinking of that fake Inspiration poster that has a pretty picture and says something below it like "If all it takes for you to get inspired to greatness is a picture of a pretty flower, you don't have it that rough." Or something like that. A lot of it felt kind of along the same line as bad Christian pop lyrics. Again, nothing wrong with that and not every song has to be a masterpiece but I guess I pick up on the irony that these are supposed to touch your soul and a lot of times left me just kinda meh. Perhaps I'm being a liberal, intellectual, judgy asshole in expecting too much from Hallmark Publishing. But that said, here are the poems/lines I liked.
"It is better to light candles
than to curse the darkness.
It is better to plant seeds
than to accuse the earth."
-- Merle Shain
I know this one's kind of cheesey but it made me feel like a special little snowflake:
The Inner Flame
I am not more than
to the world,
I am a flame of hope and promise
in a darkened room.
-- Joan Noeldechen
"The clouds that cover sunshine
They cannot banish the sun..."
-- Author unknown
"Let there be a window in my knowing,
That I might bend, unfolding as a bright stem to light..."
-- Marilyn Shelton
It is the history of our kindnesses
that alone makes this world tolerable.
If it were not for that, for the effect of
kind words, kind looks, kind letters...
I should be inclined to think our life
a practical jest in the worst possible spirit.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
Too slow for those who Wait,
Too swift for those who Fear,
Too long for those who Grieve,
Too short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love
-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin