Inspired, hopeful and humorous messages
for those of all faiths who feel lost on the turbulent seas of life.
Some sources of spiritual comfort and wisdom
are also at
Lumina Dei, Dr. Kirsti Dyer's grief site, Centering
Corporation, & BeliefNet.
Luke 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth
not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he
find it?

Matthew 10:39 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose
his life for my sake shall find it.

Ps. 130:1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

Jer. 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I
consecrated you.

Rev. 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive  for evermore,

John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou
This page is dedicated, with love:

To those who mourn, and would be comforted.

To the poor in spirit, who need a helping hand, and words of hope and peace.

To those who lived beside us, but have now reached their final destination. They live on
in our hearts and our memories, and we believe they will welcome us again one day, in
God's sight, with open arms.

Dr. Elizabeth Pector
Loving daughter, mother, granddaughter & friend
Things to do today:

Thank God for another day.

Pray or meditate.

Breathe deeply.

Exercise your body and your mind.

Thank someone. For anything.

Forgive someone.

Help someone.

Commit a random act of kindness.

Care for the earth--it's the only
home we've got.




Thoughts on humor:

If you can find humor in it, you can
survive it.  Bill Cosby

Humor is another of the soul's weapons
in the fight for self-preservation. It is
well known that humor can afford an
ability to rise above any situation, even if
only for a few seconds.  Victor Frankel

The secret source of humor is not joy,
but sorrow.  Mark Twain

Laughing 100 times a day is the
cardiovascular equivalent of 10 minutes
of rowing.  Dr. William Fry, Stanford

The most utterly lost of all days is one in
which you have not once laughed.
Sebastian Chamfort, French satirist

Time spent laughing is time spent with
the gods. Japanese proverb

Life does not cease to be funny when
people die any more than it ceases to be
serious when people laugh. George
Bernard Shaw
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always At your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Traditional Gaelic Blessing
I will not forget you...I have
held you in the palm of My
hand. Isaiah 49:15
For this my son was dead, and is
alive again; he was lost, and is
found. And they began to be merry.
Luke 15:24
People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the
darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
--Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author (and surviving identical twin of triplets!) 1926-
A letter written by Ben Franklin February 22, 1756 after his favorite brother's
death, to his brother's stepdaughter:

I condole with you, we have lost a most dear and valuable relation, but it is
the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the
soul is to enter into real life; 'tis rather an embrio state, a preparation for
living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we
grieve that a new child is born among the immortals? A new member added
to their happy society? We are spirits. That bodies should be lent us, while
they can afford us pleasure, assist us in acquiring knowledge, or doing good
to our fellow creatures, is a kind and benevolent act of God--when they
become unfit for these purposes and afford us pain instead of
pleasure--instead of an aid, become an incumbrance and answer none of the
intentions for which they were given, it is equally kind and benevolent that a
way is provided by which we may get rid of them. Death is that way. We
ourselves prudently choose a partial death. In some cases a mangled painful
limb, which cannot be restored, we willingly cut off. He who plucks out a
tooth, parts with it freely since the pain goes with it, and he that quits the
whole body, parts at once with all pains and possibilities of pains and diseases
it was liable to, or capable of making him suffer.

Our friend and we are invited abroad on a party of pleasure--that is to last
forever. His chair was first ready and he is gone before us. We could not all
conveniently start together, and why should you and I be grieved at this,
since we are soon to follow, and we know where to find him.

Benjamin Franklin
Thoughts from Alcoholics Anonymous:

Pain is mandatory. Suffering is optional.

Serenity prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I
cannot change, courage to change those I can, and wisdom to
know the difference. explaining the Twelve Steps and programs

There is an impressive sense of community, mutual support and
mutual faith within active participants in 12 Step programs, for
alcohol and drug dependence and many other challenges.
Admitting that you are powerless over a challenge is the first and
most important step on the path to healing. If you find yourself
running over & over in a rut...give this approach a thought.
What we have once enjoyed, we can
never lose. All that we love deeply
becomes a part of us.  Helen Keller
Whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report,
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
Philippians 4:8
Northwestern University Motto
When darkness seems overwhelming,
light a candle in someone's life
and see how it makes
the darkness
in your own and the other person's life
Rabbi Harold Kushner
In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all,
and it often comes with bitter agony.
Perfect relief is not possible except with time.
You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better.
But this is not true.
You are sure to be happy again.
Knowing this, truly believing it, will make you less miserable now.
I have had enough experience to make this statement.
Abraham Lincoln
Chief Seattle's speech in 1854

Reflects the faith of some Native Americans regarding the
sanctity of the land and the love of the ancestors for the
sacred places. Spirits return at eventide to the land.
Life goes on within you and without you.
George Harrison
The Five pillars of Islam:

Courtesy of
Beliefnet.Check their other articles on this faith.

The Zakat: setting aside a proportion of wealth for those in need.
The fast
The Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah)

Comment: Faith, prayer, charity, self-denial or purification, and
actual or symbolic pilgrimage to a holy site are tenets of most major
religions. Please pray for better understanding and peace among all
faiths...we need it in these troubled times!
You are the light of the world. A city set
on a hill can not be hid, Nor do men light
a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a
stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Luke 11:14-15
Whenever, in the course of the daily hunt, the hunter comes
upon a scene that is strikingly beautiful, or sublime--a black
thundercloud with the rainbow's glowing arch above the
mountain, a white waterfall in the heart of a green gorge, a
vast prairie tinged with the blood-red of the sunset--he pauses
for an instant in the attitude of worship.

He sees no need in setting apart one day in seven as a holy
day, for to him all days are God's days.
Charles Alexander Eastman
Santee Sioux
The path to glory is rough, and many
gloomy hours obscure it. May the Great
Spirit shed light on your path...This is the
wish of a man who, in his native forests,
was once as proud and bold as yourself.
Black Hawk, Sauk Indian
Like as the hart desireth the water brooks,
so longeth my soul for thee, O God. Psalm 42
The Taj Mahal, built as a tomb and
mosque complex by a grieving prince for
his dearly departed wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The Rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the Rose,
The Moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are bare;
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where'er I go,
That there hath past away a glory from the

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
William Wordsworth
The sun descending in the west,
The evening star does shine;
The birds are silent in their nest,
And I must seek for mine.
The moon, like a flower,
in heaven's high bower,
with silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.
William Blake
Fear no more the heat o' th' sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages.
Golden lads, and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' th' great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke;
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The scepter, learning, physic, must,
All follow this and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning flash
Nor th' all-dreaded thunderstone.
Fear not slander, censure rash
Thou hast finish'd joy and moan.
All lovers young, all lovers must,
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
William Shakespeare from Cymbeline, IV, ii
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both of them that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost
Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
The date Hitler ordered the invasion of
Poland, the event that began World War II.
Liberty remains...September 11, 2001
Can we talk of integration until there is
integration of hearts and minds?

Unless you have this, you have only a
physical presence, and the walls between
us are as high as a mountain range.

Chief Dan George
Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a
very large house. They told me it was
a bank, and that the white men place
their money there to be taken care of,
and that by and by they got it back,
with interest.

We are Indians, and we have no such
bank; but when we have plenty of
money or blankets, we give them away
to other chiefs and people, and by and
by they return them, with interest, and
our hearts feel good.

Our way of giving is our bank.
Maquinna Nootka Chief
O, to realize space!
The plenteousness of all, that there
are no bounds,
To emerge and be of the sky, of
the sun and moon and flying clouds,
as one with them.

Walt Whitman

Peace be with you.

Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled,
Neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27
Canticle of Brother Sun

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord
To You alone belong praise and glory,
Honor, and blessing.
No man is worthy to breathe your name.
Be praised, my Lord, for all Your
in the first place for the blessed Brother
who gives us the day and enlightens us
through You.
He is beautiful and radiant with his great
Giving witness of You, most
Omnipotent One.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon
and the stars
Formed by You so bright, precious and
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Wind
and the airy skies, so cloudy and serene;
For every weather, be praised, for it is
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water.
So necessary yet so humble, precious,
and chaste.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire
Who lights up the night.
He is beautiful and carefree, robust and
Be praised, my Lord, for our sister,
Mother Earth,
who nourishes and watches us
While bringing forth abundant fruits
with colored flowers and herbs.
Praise and bless the Lord
Render him thanks.
Serve him with great humility.


St. Francis of Assisi
Prayer of St. Francis

Make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
In pardoning that we are pardoned,
And in dying that we are born to Eternal
A very Merry Christmas 2001!
Peace and Blessings
To Those Celebrating
Our Lord's
Dr. Beth Pector
Ganapati, Hindu Goddess of Wisdom.
Athena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom and
the Arts.

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Francis Lord Bacon

A poet begins in delight and ends in
wisdom. Robert Frost
Points to ponder on faith:

Modern man has not ceased to be credulous...the need to believe
haunts him. William James

We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to
the medical profession. George Bernard Shaw

Faith--an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
H.L. Mencken

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before
breakfast.  Lewis Carroll

Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe
with.   Henry S. Haskins

Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too
strange to have happened. Thomas Hardy

Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true? Cling
to it long enough and it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most
of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in
and out of favor.  Robert Frost

Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.
Miguel de Unamuno

A faith that cannot survive a collision course with the truth is
not worth many regrets. Arthur C. Clarke

Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if
there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason
than of blindfolded fear. Thomas Jefferson

If the work of God could be comprehended by reason, it would
be no longer wonderful, and faith would have no merit if reason
provided proof. Pope Gregory the Great
A Buddha stained glass window from an
Australian temple
Petrified wood of all colors; Escalante State Park,