Friday, December 21, 2012

Take Joy!

I will be taking a break from the blogosphere over the Holidays so you will probably not see me here until after Christmas. Until then, I leave you with one of my all time favorite passages. I shared it last year but I will share it again--for it is good and right and true.

Take Joy!

I salute you! 
There is nothing I can give you which you have not;
but there is much, 
that, while I cannot give, 
you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.
Take Heaven.

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant.
Take Peace.

The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet, within our reach,
is joy.
Take Joy.

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you,
now and forever,
the day breaks
the shadows flee away.

-Fra Gio

So as you gather with family and friends this holiday season, as you look into their faces and wrap your arms around them like you will never let them go, as you feel the ache of dear ones lost. in all of this, my prayer is that you will take joy.


  1. Holly, blinking back the tears...this is beautiful and I have never read it but I will never forget it. I cherish it. So very much. Thanks friend and Merry Christmas.....wishing and sending you so much JOY. Counting you among the 2012 gifts and treasures.

  2. I LOVE this quote - hadn't seen it for years. Thanks so much for the sweet reminder, and for the lovely photo. May you be blessed with quiet moments amidst the noise of these next few days and may all that noise be joyful. Love to you, dear Holly.

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