Scripture: Isaiah 57:14-21
“I was regretting the past; And fearing the future.
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
‘My name is I Am.’ He paused. I waited. He continued,
‘When you live in the past; With its mistakes and regrets,
It is hard. I am not there, My name is not I WAS.’
‘When you live in the future; With its problems and fears,
It is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WILL BE.’
‘When you live in this moment, It is not hard. I am here.
My name is I AM.’”
I Am Poem
“As my sufferings mounted, I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation—either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
―Martin Luther King Jr.,
Suffering and Faith
“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”
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