WE HAVE PLACES of fear inside of us, but we have other places as well — places with names like trust and hope and faith. We can choose to lead from one of those places, to stand on ground that is not riddled with the fault lines of fear, to move toward others from a place of promise instead of anxiety. As we stand in one of those places, fear may remain close at hand and our spirits may still tremble. But now we stand on ground that will support us, ground from which we can lead others toward a more trustworthy, more hopeful, more faithful way of being in the world.
– Excerpt is from “Standing Firm” by Parker J. Palmer
From page 27 of Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson. Excerpt is from “Standing Firm” by Parker J. Palmer. Copyright © 2010 by Fresh Air Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Fresh Air Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe the “ground” on which you stand. Share your thoughts.
Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice.
Proverbs 1:20, NRSV
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This week we remember: John Chrysostom (September 13).
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