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Finding the Divine in the Details


Kindness, the very effective servant of Love

New Hampshire author and librarian Linda Tiernan Kepner shared words about my novel, The Munich Girl, that strike a grateful chord in me.

She calls it “well-researched and, in its own way, kind.

It brought to mind something another reader once said about my novel, Snow Fence Road:

“One of the things I also enjoyed was that this story took place in a kind world, with supportive and loving folks, despite their past difficulties, even with each other.”

That is the reason that I write, from the stubborn belief that this is the sort of world that all of our hearts want, and that those hearts long, innately, to help bring it into being.

Because that is what they are created for.

15338851_1492828510767849_7853887363639341138_nKindness is a very effective servant of Love. Maybe that’s why the two are paired in the soul-comforting phrase “loving-kindness.”

“All of the particles of the world are in love and looking for lovers,” Rumi wrote.

Mother Teresa captured this kind essence of love quite touchingly: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”

I read recently that much of what is expressed out into our world aims at a lowest common denominator.

But have we not a highest common one? A kind and willing servant of Love?

What sort of love letter to the world can be written for — and from — this treasure?

How can each and every one of us value, protect, and manifest it, like infinite candles, brighter than any darkness, whether imagined or real?

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Life in a generous universe


My thanks once again to BoomerCafé for sharing a piece of mine this week:

The Hand That Gives Us Roses

by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

A proverb advises: “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives us roses.” Mother Teresa described similar truth when she said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Israel 113

I suspect kind actions reverberate even more powerfully.

The older I get, the more moved I am by inspiring actions from those who are still very young. A nephew of mine helped me understand that the practice of kindness, beyond being a beneficial thing in the world, actually requires us to believe that life itself is generous.


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This essay is excerpted from Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details, by Phyllis Edgerly Ring, from Bahá’í Publishing.