In case you missed any of the postings from 75 Good Days, once every couple of weeks I will post the previous weeks’ photos and quotes here. If you don’t want to miss the daily posts, you can find them on my fb page, Carol Vinson Upside Down Grace.
Diana Butler Bass posted the following on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, “75 days to the election. I invite you to flood Twitter with thoughts about peace, love, and grace. #75GoodDays”
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” Bernard Williams
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” Mary Anne Radmacher
“Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that’s not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher.” Joe Manchin
And sometimes it’s great doctors and nurses!
“There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.” Jim Butcher
In these last few days, I have become acutely aware of this need. Sitting with my own insecurity. With my own not knowing, my own helplessness. Seeing the same feelings reflected back at me in the eyes of other parents, waiting in their own need, for answers and reassurance.
Lets be the hands and feet we always talk about. Walk those lonely, sterile halls with someone. Take their hand, wrap them in your arms. Even Jesus wanted to know who touched him…because of the healing in a simple, desperate touch.
*This photo represents one half of the butterfly garden in the hospital’s Family Spaces Area. The butterflies are inscribed with the names of those who have made donations, or had donations made in their honor, to aid in the healing of children.
“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
This has been our physical home away from home for the past week but my true home is found in the heart of the little girl I shared this space with. Where we love truly is home.
Remember, it’s the lowly things of the world that Jesus spent most of his time on – from the despised, wee little man named Zacchaeus, to a harlot from the hood,” to a basket full of bread in the arms of a poor boy. He revealed that the worth of an entire real kingdom was inside the little things, and he redefined wealth accordingly.
Everyday, we have the privilege to go and do likewise.”
“At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”
“Everybody prays whether he thinks of it as praying or not. The odd silence you fall into when something very beautiful is happening or something very good or very bad. The ah-h-h-h! that sometimes floats up out of you as out of a Fourth of July crowd when a sky-rocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at somebody else’s pain. The stammer of joy at somebody else’s joy. Whatever words or sounds you use for sighing with all over your life. These are all prayers in their way. These are all spoken not just to yourself but to something even more familiar than yourself and even more strange than the world.” Frederick Buechner
“Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it.”
“Glory is already down everywhere, waiting to be invited into our nothing. We cannot escape the encompassing presence of God because it fills the final bit of everything right down to the last atom in a shaft of sunlight receding below the edge of the globe.” Erika Morrison
You can find the other installments in the 75 Good Days series here: