I was cleaning off my computer “desktop” today by removing various unused program icons and came across a text file I had named “Quaker.” Hmm, I thought. I wonder what this is.
To my surprise, I discovered a couple of quotes from the “UK Quaker Faith and Practice” book. I have no idea when or where I came across these, but after a quick read, I knew right away why I had saved them. 🙂
Here, for your Sunday reading pleasure, is some Quaker wisdom …
2.28: There is little point in praying to be enabled to overcome some temptation, and then putting oneself in the very position in which the temptation can exert all its fascination. There is little point in praying that the sorrowing may be comforted and the lonely cheered, unless we ourselves set out to bring comfort and cheer to the sad and neglected in our own surroundings. There is little point in praying for our home and for our loved ones, and in going on being as selfish and inconsiderate as we have been. Prayer would be an evil rather than a blessing if it were only a way of getting God to do what we ourselves will not make the effort to do. God does not do things for us – he enables us to do them for ourselves.
(Elisabeth Holmgaard, 1984)
2.29: The sick and those caring for them have need of our prayers. But let us not imagine … that a few sentimental good wishes from a distance are all that is needed. Whenever we intercede in prayer we must be prepared for an answer which places a practical obligation upon us. A prayer is always a commitment.
(Thomas F Green, 1952)
More Quaker wisdom …
Smart people, those Quakers.