Place Your Healing Touch In My Hands
Help me as I care for my patients today,
Be there with me,
O Lord, I pray
Make my words kind
it means so much
And in my hands place
Your healing touch
Let your love shine through all that I do,
So those in need may hear and feel You.
A woman once came to Mahatma Gandhi with her little boy. She asked, “Mahatma-ji, tell my little boy to stop eating sugar.”
“Come back in three days,” said Gandhi.
In three days the woman and the little boy returned and Mahatma Gandhi said to the little boy, “Stop eating sugar.”
The woman asked, “Why was it necessary for us to return only after three days for you to tell my little boy that?”
The Mahatma replied: “Three days ago I had not stopped eating sugar.
In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
— Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president (1743-1826) –
Christina Stead, Letty Fox: Her Luck
Look, these are desperate and chaotic times. History has left us no operating manual, no step-by-step instructions. Nothing is promised, nothing is guaranteed, everything we have ever fought for is in danger or already in ruins. We have to find our own way — maybe a new way. That can be scary, that can definitely be lonely.
But there is a way in which we are not alone. When we stand on principle — no matter how unpopular that principle may be, no matter how much it separates us from the crowd — and I mean principles like socialism, like racial and gender justice — we are sending a message to people we do not know — to people who are far away (as far as Chiapas or Nigeria perhaps) and to people who are not born yet. And that message is: You are not alone. We too have worked and dreamed for something better. That message is: Never give up
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust
“Ideals are like stars,
you will not succeed in touching them with your hands,
but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters,
you choose them as your guide,
and following them, you reach your destiny.”
– Carl Schurz
“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour … If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre