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Hope

Cares not

If his load to bear

Is heavier than yours

He will continue on

Hope

does not mind

if you have no desire

to hold his hand

He will be there

For you

Always at your side

Just in case

 And if you must

Discard him

Today

You will find

His tears

Having fallen

So delicately

Upon all which has been

Blanketed by darkness

 For he knows what belongs

To each new day

And whatsoever direction

You choose

For your life

He will be there

For you

Lies hope in the

Everlasting truth

Kimberley Formosa © 2011

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Cruel words

from

blind and bruised hearts

in a fretful way

try to consume

a virtue held within

a soul that is free

to love and forgive.

The attack may continue.

Truth is ever victor.

When icy shards of bitterness

touch a heart yearning for truth

with a piercing shrill

they crack and fall

Shattering

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another. Romans 14:12-13

at the feet of their provoker

forming a puddle round about.

Love is so warm

with compassion and

gentleness

forgiveness and

peace.

ignorance

misunderstanding and

judgement

may be lurking.

they may cause tears to flow.

I will remain who I am.

True to the one who holds my heart.

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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some days are better

than others

some

I would rather not mention

this day

this culture

the nights

the darkness

loneliness

while being crowded

sorrow

blanketed with a smile

downcast is my soul

I lift up my heart to You

O Lord

for You are where

my hope lies

Yahweh Shalom

Prince of Peace

Be the peace you hope to see.

I desire for

my secret thoughts

to be in harmony

with Yours

I long for You to

anoint

my heart

my mind

my spirit

and my life

with tranquility

I pray that as I commune

with You

my heart at peace

would bless others and

draw them nigh to You

O my God

I sought you Lord

and You touched me

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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To keep your eyes upon the page

Your heart turned toward heaven

As a learned and wise old sage

Who, pray tell, will revel in?

It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their own words. ~Eric Hoffer

Your heart turned toward heaven

Within, your mind bringing beauty

Who, pray tell, will revel in?

Coming close, touching, to see

Within, your mind bringing beauty

Your fingerprints on our world

Coming close, touching, to see

Interior Radiance

Your fingerprints on our world

What are you made of Soul, divine?

Interior Radiance

In nature, pleasantries benign

What are you made of Soul, divine?

Gilt-edged sheaths, Red letters speaking

In nature, pleasantries benign

While roots lie in the deep, dark, earth

Gilt-edged sheaths, Red letters speaking

Where are you? Can you hear the sound?

While roots lie in the deep, dark, earth

I, too, went far away at times

Where are you? Can you hear the sound?

Closer. Come closer. Listen.

I, too, went far away at times

He did what he did, forgiven.

Closer. Come closer. Listen.

Mercy, grace, for you, ex gratia

He did what he did, forgiven.

From favour, each is as they are

Mercy, grace, for you, ex gratia

Significant Loyalty

From favour, each is as they are

Honey rendered from the bloom

Significant Loyalty

As a learned and wise old sage

Honey rendered from the bloom

To keep your eyes upon the page

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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Beginning in the dark

With only a clue to guide

One piece at a time

One letter at a time

As in jigsaw

Or crossword

Or word search

Or sudoku

Or life

Hmmm…

What happens if

You don’t have a

picture

to look at?

You don’t have a

dictionary

to search with?

You don’t have a

word bank

to choose from?

You can’t add?

What happens if

the last piece of

your puzzle

is                                  lost?

Got eaten by the

dog?

Or the

baby?

Or found its’ way to the

seamless depths

of the couch?

Your pencil broke?

What happens then?

Are you lost?

Do you quit?

Do you throw everything on the                     floor?

Do you get angry?

Or cry?

Or laugh?

Call your best friend?

Eat chocolate?

Or ice cream?

Do you

blame

someone else?

Or take the

heat yourself?

Does a part of you die?

Like salt on a slug.

Vinegar is not an alkali.

I don’t quit.

I won’t quit.

I can’t quit.

Me,

myself, and I,

We three will always try…

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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A dear friend began reading this book with me. I had to leave before we finished, so he let me borrow this book. I gave it back to him after I read it a second time and took notes. I now have and treasure my very own copy. There is a lovely measure of truth portrayed in The Greatest Miracle in the World. The words written on these pages have cleansed my soul and kept my heart focused on who I am. It is so important that we know just who we are. In this crazy world, every person you meet throughout the day has their own idea of who you should be. It is up to you to define that to them. Please, don’t allow others to consume the beauty you possess without your willingness to offer it to them. Because, you are beautiful.

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

Following are the notes I have taken throughout my reading of The Greatest Miracle in the World. Copyright paperback edition 1975.

Pg 4 – “I bid you greetings on this beautiful day!”

Pg 6 – Every noble work seems at first impossible. ~ Thomas Carlyle, 19th century English essayist

Pg 9 – The beginning of pride is in heaven. The continuance of pride is on earth. The end of pride is in hell.

“I bid you greetings on this most beautiful of evenings, sir.”

Pg 12 – “It is difficult for me to put into words…yet I am positive that certain pieces of music, certain works of art, and certain books and plays were created, not by the composer, artist, author, or playwright but by God, and those whom we have acknowledged as the creators of these works were only the instruments employed by God to communicate with us.”

“…For thousands of years this world witnessed a countless parade of prophets pronouncing and explaining the will of God: Elijah, Amos, Moses, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, and all the other marvelous messengers until Jesus and Paul. And then…no more? I cannot believe that. No matter how many of His prophets were ridiculed, chastised, tortured, and even murdered, I cannot conceive that God finally gave up on us and turned His back on our needs, causing some of us to finally assume that He must be dead since we hadn’t heard from Him in so long a time. Instead, I truly believe that He has sent, to every generation, special people, talented people, brilliant people…all bearing the same message in one form or another…that every human is capable of performing the greatest miracle in the world. And, it is man’s most grievous fault that he has not comprehended the message, blinded as he is by the trivia of each succeeding civilization.”

Pg 14 – “…Most humans, in varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another they have lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self-esteem and they have compromised their great potential. They have settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears….”

Pg 16 – I search out waste materials of the human kind, people who have been discarded by others, or even themselves, people who still have great potential but have lost their self-esteem and their desire for a better life. When I find them I try to change their lives for the better, give them a new sense of hope and direction, and help them return from their living death…which to me is the greatest miracle in the world.

Pg 17 – …most of us build prisons for ourselves and after we occupy them for a period of time we become accustomed to their walls and accept the false promise that we are incarcerated for life. As soon as that belief takes hold of us we abandon hope of ever doing more with our lives and of ever giving our dreams a chance to be fulfilled. We become puppets and begin to suffer living deaths. It may be praiseworthy and noble to sacrifice your life to a cause or a business or the happiness of others, but if you are miserable and unfulfilled in that lifestyle, and know it, then to remain in it is a hypocrisy, a lie, and a rejection of the faith placed in you by your creator.

Pg 18 – …What you will learn, sooner or later, is that God very often plays man.

Pg 23 – “Dr. Karl Menninger wrote that the human mind is far more than the brain’s little bag of tricks. It is instead, the entire personality made up of a human’s instincts, habits, memories, organs, muscles, and sensations, all going through a constantly changing process.”

Pg 24 – “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven… – John Milton

“…For countless centuries man compared his mind to a garden. Seneca said that soil, no matter how rich, could not be productive without cultivation and neither could our minds. Sir Joshua Reynolds wrote that our mind was only barren soil, soon exhausted and unproductive unless it was continually fertilized with new ideas….In other words, whatever we allow to enter our minds will always bear fruit.”

Pg 25 – “…You can actually become whatever you are thinking. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Allen wrote, ‘Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought man ascends to the divine perfection.’…”

“We become what we think?” “Always!”

Pg 41 – “Chance” is but the pseudonym of God for those particular cases which He does not choose to subscribe to openly with His own signature. ~Coleridge

Pg 42 – Only gradually did I come to realize that while we are all different, each unique in his or her own way, our lack of self-esteem which produced our failure is a universal sickness always originating from the complex of either anxiety, guild, or inferiority…the three standard emotional problems recognized by most students of psychiatry…”

Pg 43 – There are still two who care: God…and me. One in heaven…and one on earth.

Pg 44 – It is a hand of hope.

Pg 48 – The world praises you, yet you do not praise yourself. There is that familiar, to me, sense of quiet desperation in your demeanor. Something is undone in you and sooner or later I am fearful that you will explode unless you reshape your world. If you explode they will toss you on the junk pile and this old rag picker will not be around to save you. That must not happen. An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure.

Pg 51 – We all have more than enough ability to change our lives for the better…and that God has never placed any of us in a hole from which we could not grow. And, if we had locked ourselves in a prison of failure and self-pity, we were the only jailers…we had the only key to our freedom.

– He spoke of our fear to take chances, to venture into unfamiliar enterprises and territories, and how even those few who risked their future in order to advance still found it necessary to constantly fight that compelling urge to flee back to their previous familiar womb of security no matter how bleak their old existence had been…Abraham Maslow, one of America’s greatest psychologists, had called this the “Jonah” complex, the innate desire to hide from the possibility of failure.

– He was a great believer in making decisions and then burning your bridges behind you so that you had to make good,…

Pg 52 – One of the saddest things in life is that the only thing we can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. We can’t eat for eight hours a day, nor drink for eight hours a day, nor make love for eight hours a day…all we can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy. ~Faulkner

Pg 53 – …no person ever had a defect that was not really a potential benefit rather than an adversity…

-‘I had the blues…because I had no shoes…until upon the street,…I met a man who had no feet.’

Pg 55 – Never, never, never, never give up! ~Winston Churchill

Pg 56 – …read slowly and think.

Pg 57 – “Why are we unhappy? …We are unhappy because we no longer have our self-esteem. We are unhappy because we no longer believe we are a special miracle, a special creation of God. …We have lost faith in ourselves….”

Pg 58 – …before Copernicus, man actually believed that he lived in the absolute center of God’s universe, here on earth, and that all those tiny lights above merely hung there for his pleasure, entertainment, and illumination. Then Copernicus proved that our planet was not the center of anything and that we were just another tiny ball of dirt and stone moving around in space and held captive by an immense globe of fire many times our size. This was a tremendous jolt to our ego. We refused to accept this brilliant man’s discoveries that we were less than God’s special children, was too terrible to contemplate…Great Britain produced a brilliant naturalist, Darwin, and he told us that we were not special creatures of God but had our roots in a n evolving animal kingdom. He even rubbed salt in our self-esteem by telling us that we were descended from the animal kingdom….Freud told us that we were unable to control many of our actions and thoughts nor could we even understand them since they had originated from very early childhood experiences involving love and hate and repression, not buried deeply within our subconscious mind…

Pg 61 – There is always hope.

Pg 63 – “…So long as there is a breath of life remaining there is still hope…”

“Emerson wrote, ‘Our strength grows out of our weakness. The indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed. When man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits, on his manhood, he has gained facts, learns his ignorance, is cured of the insanity of conceit, has got moderation and real skill.’”

Pg 65 – “’The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves…’”

Pg 70 – “Richter said, ‘Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.’”

Pg 85 – Remember that the most difficult tasks are consummated, not by a single explosive burst of energy or effort, but by consistent daily application of the best you have within you. To change one’s life for the better, to resurrect one’s body and mind from living death, requires many positive steps, one foot in front of the other, with your sights always on your goal.

Pg 89 – Take counsel. I hear your cry. It passes through the darkness, filters through the clouds, mingles with starlight, and finds its way to my heart on the path of a sunbeam.

– Know that I hear you, also. Be at peace. Be calm.  I bring thee relief for your sorrow for I know its cause…and its cure.

Pg 90 – Weep no more. I am with you…and this moment is the dividing line of your life.

Pg 91 – Attend to my wisdom. Let me share with you, again, the secret you heard at your birth and forgot. You are my greatest miracle. You are the greatest miracle in the world. Those were the first words you ever heard. Then you cried. They all cry.

Pg 96 – Count your blessings.

Pg 97 – Proclaim your rarity.

Never, until the end of time, will there be another such as you.

Pg 98 – Never do as another. Never imitate…Be yourself.

Pg 99 – Go another mile.

Pg 101 – Be patient with your progress. To count your blessings with gratitude, to proclaim your rarity with pride, to go an extra mile and then another, these acts are not accomplished in the blinking of an eye.

– Be proud.

– You need me…and I need you.

Pg 102 – I gave you the power to think…the power to love…the power to will…the power to laugh…the power to imaging…the power to create…the power to plan…the power to speak…the power to pray.

–          You are One who can translate a sensation or perception, not by instinct, but by thought and deliberation into whatever action is best for himself and all humanity.

–          I gave you complete control over your destiny.

–          What is past is past…

Pg 103 – Use wisely, your power of choice. Choose to love…rather than hate. Choose to laugh…rather than cry. Choose to create…rather than destroy. Choose to persevere…rather than quit. Choose to praise…rather than gossip/ Choose to heal…rather than gossip. Choose to heal…rather than wound. Choose to give…rather than steal. Choose to act…rather than procrastinate. Choose to grow…rather than rot. Choose to pray…rather than curse. Choose to live…rather than die.

–          You are capable of great wonders. Your potential is unlimited.

–          Never demean yourself again. Never settle for the crumbs of life. Never hide your talents…

–          Enjoy this day, today…and tomorrow, tomorrow.

Pg 104 – Remember, then, the four laws of happiness and success. Count your blessings. Proclaim your rarity. Go another mile. Use wisely your power of choice. …Do all things with love…love for yourself, love for all others, and love for me. Wipe away your tears. Reach out, grasp my hand, and stand straight. …YOU ARE THE GREATEST MIRACLE IN THE WORLD.

*You are the greatest miracle in the world.

*I have the power to choose.

*I have complete control over my destiny.

*What is past is past.

*Use wisely, your power of choice.

*Choose to love…rather than hate.

*Choose to laugh…rather than cry.

*Choose to create…rather than destroy.

*Choose to persevere…rather than quit.

*Choose to praise…rather than gossip.

*Choose to heal…rather than wound.

*Choose to give…rather than steal.

*Choose to act…rather than procrastinate.

*Choose to grow…rather than rot.

*Choose to pray…rather than curse.

*Choose to live…rather than die.

*I am capable of great wonders. My potential is unlimited.

*Never demean yourself again! Never settle for the crumbs of life! Never hide your talents!

*Enjoy this day, today…and tomorrow, tomorrow.

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At the conclusion of the world celebrating Earth Day, I thought it might be nice to spend a moment pondering the fragrance of heaven…

The fragrance of heaven fills the air

Like rose petals falling from the sky.

The sweet smell of spring

Brings new life to your soul

With gifts from God

That are forever and true.

Unlike the manna of long ago,

That was given only for the moment,

Any abundance would sour and rot,

These gifts are plenty

Enjoy until your heart and soul and mind

Are completely content

Then enjoy even more

There is an endless supply

You can have for yourself

With plenty to offer

Your family, friends, and guests

Who knock upon your door.

Fill yourself with love

Fill your walk with joy

And your mind with an abundance of peace.

Fill your vision with patience

Fill your hands with kindness

And your deeds with plenty of goodness.

Fill your heart with faithfulness

Fill your words with gentleness

And your entire being with self-control.

The breath of God is upon you

Like freshly fallen rain

Upon the earth of old

To bring new life

New blossoms, new fruit

For all and all to enjoy.

Come and dine with the King

And eat like a child whose eyes are too big for their need

For what is left

Will never, ever go to waste

Let the juice of the fruit

Run down your chin

And down your arms

Fret not when it stains your clothes.

When others look upon you

They will know where you dine

They will know at what table you eat

They will know they can join you

These gifts are plenty

Enjoy until your heart and soul and mind

Are completely content

Then enjoy even more

There is an endless supply

You can have for yourself

With plenty to offer

Your family, friends and guests

Who knock upon your door.

Enjoy the fragrance of heaven

That fills the very air that you breathe

Nourish yourself with fruit from above

Always ripe and ready for you

Wonderful, beautiful gifts from God,

Forever, eternal, and true.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal precession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.   2 Corinthians 14-17 Thompson Chain-Reference Bible NIV

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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