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Check out this anecdote about St. Thomas More:
Just when we think we've got it bad, we are reminded of forebears in the faith who brought out the hidden definitions of that word "difficult." Six days after St. Thomas More was found guilty of treason on July 1, 1535, he marched to the gallows. He accepted a helping hand as he climbed the steps to the scaffold, and said to the person who helped him: "When I come down again, let me shift for myself as well as I can."
Would we have as much grace and calm, not to mention humor, in the midst of some real difficulties in life?
Or this wonderful poem from Ann Weems:
The silence breaks into morning.
That One Star lights the world.
The lily springs to life and not even Solomon ...
Let it begin with singing and never end!
Oh, angels, quit your lamenting!
Oh, pilgrims, upon your knees in tearful prayer,
Rise up and take your hearts and run!
We who were no people are named anew
For he who was no more is forevermore.
"And the Glory," Kneeling in Jerusalem,
(Louisville, Ky.: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992), 94.
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