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Never Be Earlier

“Let not the defeatists tell us it is too late. It will never be earlier.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

{So, our computer is broken again (this time it shut down mid-software update and won’t boot up), and I’m posting from a borrowed computer. Why can’t I do it from work, where I sit at a computer all day? Because they block anything remotely fun-sounding, which definitely includes blogs.

{Anyway, today’s quote doesn’t really relate, but it’s a favorite of mine. I’d call myself a pragmatic optimist (always looking for a workable way to make things better), and I don’t like giving up.}

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This Thirst Will Not Last Long

Calling Out Your Name
 
From the place where morning gathers,
You can look sometimes
Forever ’til you see
What time may never know
How the Lord takes by its corners this old world
And shakes us forward — shakes us free,
To run wild with the hope,
The hope that this thirst will not last long,
That it will soon drown
In the song not sung in vain;
I feel the thunder in the sky,
I see the sky about to rain,
And with the prairies I am calling out your name.
 
– Rich Mullins
 
{This is actually a song. You can read all of the lyrics here. If you haven’t heard any of his music, I highly recommend it. His lyrics are fantastic.}

The Paradox of Hope

“Charity is a fashionable virtue in our time; it is lit up by the gigantic firelight of Dickens. Hope is a fashionable virtue to-day; our attention has been arrested for it by the sudden and silver trumpet of Stevenson. But faith is unfashionable, and it is customary on every side to cast against it the fact that it is a paradox.

“Everybody mockingly repeats the famous childish definition that faith is ‘the power of believing that which we know to be untrue.’ Yet it is not one atom more paradoxical than hope or charity. Charity is the power of defending that which we know to be indefensible. Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.

“It is true that there is a state of hope which belongs to bright prospects and the morning; but that is not the virtue of hope. The virtue of hope exists only in earthquake and eclipse. It is true that there is a thing crudely called charity, which means charity to the deserving poor; but charity to the deserving is not charity at all, but justice. It is the undeserving who require it, and the ideal either does not exist at all, or exists wholly for them.

“For practical purposes, it is at the hopeless moment that we require the hopeful man, and the virtue either does not exist at all, or begins to exist at that moment. Exactly at the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable it begins to be useful.”

– G.K. Chesterton