Saturday, April 22, 2017


Gentleness, a quality of a loving God, is reflected in all Creation.

In a world that sometimes seems so harsh, cruel and unloving, a world where LOVE often takes a back seat to selfish interests, human opinion, will power and the daily challenges of this world, sometimes a simple photo showing Gentleness and what Life is really all about can awaken us to a higher view.

I love this little innocent angel gently cradling a baby with tenderness. It reminds me of a favorite hymn. The words of this ancient hymn from The Sarum Gradual, date back to 1527 AD, and are now contained in the Christian Science Hymnal as hymn #316.

The poem helped me so much as a Dad years ago when I sometimes got upset with one of my rascally children!! I guess gentleness was a good thing even way back then and the words still mean a lot to me.

"Speak gently, it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
Speak gently, let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here.

Speak gently to the erring ones,
They must have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
O win them back again.

Speak gently, ’tis a little thing,
Dropped in the heart’s deep well;
The good, the joy that it may bring,
Eternity shall tell."

This is a suitable "prayer" for today. May we all "speak gently" and listen for Divine Love's tender message of "gentleness".

4 comments: said...

Just what I needed to read today! I do remember many times of you being gentle and kind---even when us kids were kind of knuckleheads! :) Thank you for that Dad!

kevin said...

Planet of the apes! Just saying ! :-)

kelkmac said...

YOUR kids were rascally? That is so hard to believe.. (kidding!!) That's beautiful.. love that poem/hymn and the picture is just pure sweetness. Thanks for sharing!

Patrick Collins said...

Thanks Lovely People!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are truly LOVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!