Lama Chuck Stanford, Rime Buddist Center:
Use what light we have for good // God’s light is always there
I would like to know if gratitude is a sustainable state of being. It seems that one moment I feel thankful and the next my internal dialogue is complaining about something.
Until recently, I would have been among those who cringe at the thought of voluntarily entering a prison — too dangerous, too out of anyone’s comfort zone. Then something happened I did not plan on; I agreed to mentor a parolee, and while a parolee is no longer in prison, mentoring a former inmate means going into the system.
One of Noah’s sons, Ham, became the founder of some groups that settled in Africa, although most of his descendants settled elsewhere, including Babylonia and Assyria in the Middle East.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: When my grandfather died, he willed the old family Bible to me (we have a large family, and none of us got much of value). I dont know what to do with it. Its too big for me to read (although I know he read it every day), and the language is very old-fashioned. Why keep it? I guess Im not a very sentimental person. M.G.