I hope you’re hanging in, and actually having some fun, taking a vacation if you can get away, and feeling peaceful and living our current circumstances day by day. There is so much that we can’t control, in fact there is very little we can control about the pandemic, except our own behaviours, being careful, and thoughtful and respectful of others, with social distancing and wearing masks. And sometimes it is a challenge to keep our spirits up. It’s up to each of us to try and stay positive about it, even though that’s not always easy to do. And some days even very hard.
This week I was looking for a certain piece of paper. I have a zipped up small leather folder I keep some important papers in when I travel, my publishing schedule, travel schedules, some lists and contact numbers, etc. I was digging through it the other day, and found some old papers tucked away in the back of it that I had saved, and among them one paper with a message that really touched me (I don’t know the source or who wrote it), which I want to share with you. It lifted my spirits immediately, and I hope it will do the same for you. The other thing that I find so apt for what we are living through is the Serenity Prayer. So I will share both with you here, which I hope will offer greater comfort and inspiration than anything I can say.
Have a GREAT week!!!
“LOVE: There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer: No disease that enough love will not heal. No door that enough love will not open.
No gulf that enough love will not bridge. No wall that enough love will not throw down. No sin that enough love will not redeem.
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, How great the mistake, A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If you can love enough, you will be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.”
The Serenity Prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
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Thank you for this, Danielle.
The readings above also lifted my spirits and have since stayed with me. I shared it at a Wednesday night testimony meeting.
I reflected on the last line of”Love”. If we can love enough then we will be happy and powerful.
For me, perhaps there is a need to go beyond forgiveness and find the courage to love again.
Your book, “The Good Fight”, brought me joy on my day off as I finished reading it in the hammock.
God bless us all.
” for God is love.”
” We love because God first loved us.”
“But now we abide in faith, hope, love , these three,
but the greatest of these is LOVE!!!”
With love to you on your birthday,
Reading all your books has created a bond for me with you. I often think that I would like to share my unusual life story of 82 years with more marriages than Elizabeth Taylor, some beautiful love stories. Only you could write it as it should be written. You have brought many hours of comfort and reassurance to me.
P.S. After death whisked away my first Love at seventeen, I began a lifelong search to find ever elusive Love again. As the old country song says, I was “lookin’ for Love in all the wrong places”.
Dear Danielle. I hope this is ok to write but I wanted to tell you that I have just finished reading His Bright Light, the story of your son Nick. I couldn’t put the book down I was so moved by it. I am 72 years old and have never been so affected by a book before. I found myself drawn to looking at the front cover constantly, at your son’s beautiful smiling face. What a truly wonderful young man he seemed to be and what a beautiful last letter he wrote to you. I got the impression that he was very like you in a lot of ways. I have had hours of pleasure reading your books but have just discovered that you have written about 179 books so I guess I still have about 30 more to read. Take care. Kind regards. Jen Lovering from South Wales in the U.K.