Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The longest journey is the journey inward.

Dag Hammarskjold
Swedish diplomat (1905 - 1961)
Night thoughts
Dwelling on one's hurts or slights, however real or imagined, brings more harm upon oneself, producing deep melancholy, insomnia, and weakening one's resistance to other ills of body and of spirit, while having not the least effect on the perceived offenders.  In the light of day, one can more easily combats such sorrows with positive thoughts and actions as well as the daily business of normal life.  It is in the still, once peaceful night, that such sadness overwhelms.  What comfort or solace is there then?  Memories of the kindness of loved ones, surely,  Yet, that may not suffice in those lonely hours. If one truly desires peace and not self-indulgent wallowing, one must turn to the One who took upon Himself not only our sins, but our ills, and even our foolish pains.  Is it a sin to feel hurt? I do not know, but I think it may be a sin to fail to turn to the outstretched arm so the great Comforter. 

1 comment:

  1. Of course it's not a sin to feel hurt. You are right, it's not good to dwell on it, though.

    We have to take whatever life hands us and try to do the best we can with it. I think that is something we work on learning our whole lives.

    Yeah, it's a good thing we have our Savior to help us out.