Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased. It comes out of Heaven, unasked and unsought. Pearl Buck
A room of quiet . . . a temple of peace;
The home of faith . . . where doubtings cease;
A house of comfort . . . where hope is given;
A source of strength . . . to make earth heaven;
A shrine of worship . . . a place to pray—
I found all this . . . in my church today.
CYRUS E. ALBERTSON
At the beginning God expressed himself. That personal expression, that word, was with God and was God, and he existed with God from the beginning. All creation took place through him. and none took place without him. In him appeared life and this life was the light of mankind. The light still shines in the darkness. And the darkness has never put it out.
No one has every been converted by violence -Jim Foster (The Ladder of the Beatitudes)
Making peace makes us God’s children – and kin to each other. -Michael H. Crosby (Spirituality of the beatitudes)
A Christ-less world is a callous world, and mercy was never a characteristic of pagan life. – William Barcley
God wants us to merciful with ourselves. And besides, our sorrows are not our own. He takes them on himself, into his heart. –George Bernanos (The Diary of a Country Priest)
IN HIS STEPS
He is a Christian who tries to be the kind of neighbor that Christ would be, and the kind of citizen Christ would be, and who asks himself in all the alternatives of his business life, and in his social life, and his personal life, “What would the Master do in this case?” The best Christian is he who most reminds the people with whom he lives of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who never reminds anybody of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a Christian at all.
EVEN A LITTLE CHRISTIANITY PERSONALLY POSSESSED IS WORTH INFINITE AMOUNT OF CHRISTIANITY EXTERNALLY COPIED. — Harry Emerson Fosdick.
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,  and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (ESV)
 1:4 Or was not any thing made. That which has been made was life in him