“If God has made us in his image, we have certainly returned the compliment”.

Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) Le Sottisier xxxii

“I am He whom I love, and He whom I love is I:
We are two spirits dwelling in one body.
If thou seest me, thou seest Him,
And if thou seest Him, thou seest us both.”

Husayn ibn Mansur (al-Hallaj) quoted in Nicholson, The Mystics of Islam

“You say that you people don’t burn folk and sacrifice people anymore, but that’s what true faith would mean y’see? Sacrificin’ your own life, one day at a time, to the flame, declaring’ the truth of it, workin’ for it, breathin’ the soul of it. That’s religion. Anything else is just …. Is just bein’ nice. “

Terry Pratchett – Carpe Jugulum

But if we are to call ourselves Christians, we had better avoid intellectual and moral blindness. Throughout the New Testament we are reminded of the need for enlightenment. We are commanded to love God, not only with our hearts and souls, but also with our minds.

Strength to love – Martin Luther King

“I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me know it now: let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

Etienne de Grellet 1773 – 1855

Perhaps you know of someone who fits the following description, I know I do. Now, having identified them, their company will be more appreciated and valued in future.

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.

“Little Women” - Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888)