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    Listen to your life. All moments are key moments.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: key  moment 
     
    To believe is not intellectual assent: "Yes, I believe in Jesus. I will sign my name to the Nicene Creed. I believe it all" - which you could do, [but] it would have no effect on who you were or what you did. It is, rather, to give your heart.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: heart  believe  jesus 
     
    Resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.
    — Frederick Buechner
    Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day's chalking.
    — Frederick Buechner
    Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: pain  heart  mystery  grace  key  moment  holy 
     
    The world says, The more you take, the more you have. Christ says, the more you give, the more you are.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: world  christ 
     
    Wherever people love each other and are true to each other and take risks for each other, God is with them and for them and they are doing God's will.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: people  true  risk  god 
     
    Not to love is, psychically, spiritually, to die. To live for yourself alone, hoarding your life for your own sake, is in almost every sense that matters to reduce your life to a life hardly worth the living, and thus to lose it.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: living  live  alone  die  worth 
     
    Faith is better understood as a verb than as a noun, as a process than as a possession. It is an on-again-off-again rather than once-and-for-all. Faith is not being sure where you're going but going anyway. A journey without maps. Tillich says that doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: journey  doubt  process  faith 
     
    The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.
    — Frederick Buechner
    Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: joy  world 
     
    Pay attention to the things that bring a tear to your eye or a lump in your throat because they are signs that the holy is drawing near.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: eyes  tears  attention  holy 
     
    Jesus is apt to come, into the very midst of life at its most real and inescapable moments. Not in a blaze of unearthly light, not in the midst of a sermon, not in the throes of some kind of religious daydream, but...at supper time, or walking along a road...He never approached from on high, but always in the midst, in the midst of people, in the midst of real life and the questions that real life asks.
    — Frederick Buechner
    Our stories are all stories of searching. We search for a good self to be and for good work to do. We search to become human in a world that tempts us always to be less than human or looks to us to be more. We search to love and to be loved. And in a world where it is often hard to believe in much of anything, we search to believe in something holy and beautiful and life-transcending that will give meaning and purpose to the lives we live.
    — Frederick Buechner
    Whatever you do with your life-whatever you end up achieving or not achieving-the great gift you have in you to give to the world is the gift of who you alone are; your way of seeing things, and saying things, and feeling about things, that is like nobody else's. If so much as a single one of you were missing, there would be an empty place at the great feast of life that nobody else in all creation could fill.
    — Frederick Buechner
    Lord, catch me off guard today. Surprise me with some moment of beauty or pain so that at least for the moment, I may be startled into seeing that you are here in all your splendor, always and everywhere, barely hidden, beneath, beyond, within this life I breathe.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: beauty  pain  moment  seeing 
     
    You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: time  heart  live  world  friends  mind  kiss 
     
    When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: heart  die  mind  year 
     
    One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: live  earth  fools 
     
    When someone we love suffers, we suffer with that person, and we would not have it otherwise, because the suffering and the love are one, just as it is with God's love for us.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: people  suffering  god 
     
    The world needs people who save lives.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: people  live  world 
     
    Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising circumstances, even in the midst of suffering, with tears in its eyes....
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: joy  suffering  mystery  eyes  tears 
     
    The worst isn't the last thing about the world. It's the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It's the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from the rock-bottom worst of the world like a hidden spring. Can you believe it? The last, best thing is the laughing deep in the hearts of the saints, sometimes our hearts even. Yes. You are terribly loved and forgiven. Yes. You are healed. All is well.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: heart  power  world  believe 
     
    Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back-in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: pain  past  anger  giving  fun  sin 
     
    Romantic love is blind to everything except what is lovable and lovely, but Christ's love sees us with terrible clarity and sees us whole. Christ's love so wishes our joy that it is ruthless against everything in us that diminishes our joy. The worst sentence Love can pass is that we behold the suffering which Love has endured for our sake, and that is also our acquittal. The justice and mercy of the judge are ultimately one.
    — Frederick Buechner
    God doesn't reveal his grand design. He reveals Himself.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: god 
     
    To be commanded to love God at all, let alone in the wilderness, is like being commanded to be well when we are sick, to sing for joy when we are dying of thirst, to run when our legs are broken. But this is the first and great commandment nonetheless. Even in the wilderness - especially in the wilderness - you shall love him.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: joy  alone  dying  broken  god 
     
    Snobs are people who look down on other people, but that does not justify our looking down on them. Who can say what dark fears of being inferior lurk behind their superior airs or what they suffer in private for the slights they dish out in public?
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: fear  people  dark 
     
    Beneath our clothes, our reputations, our pretensions, beneath our religion or lack of it, we are all vulnerable both to the storm without and the storm within.
    — Frederick Buechner
    People are disturbed not by things but by the view they take of them. They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: people 
     
    To confess your sins to God is not to tell [God] anything [God] doesn't already know. Until you confess them, however, they are the abyss between you. When you confess them, they become the bridge.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: god  sin 
     
    To forgive somebody is to say one way or another, "You have done something unspeakable, and by all rights I should call it quits between us. Both my pride and my principles demand no less. However, although I make no guarantees that I will be able to forget what you've done, and though we may both carry the scars for life, I refuse to let it stand between us. I still want you for my friend.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: friends  right  pride 
     
    Even the saddest things can become, once we have made peace with them, a source of wisdom and strength.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: peace  wisdom  strength 
     
    We cannot make the Kingdom of God happen, but we can put out leaves as it draws near. We can be kind to each other. We can be kind to ourselves. We can drive back the darkness a little. We can make green places within ourselves and among ourselves where God can make his Kingdom happen.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: darkness  god 
     
    If you want to be holy, be kind.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: holy 
     
    What deadens us most to God's presence within us, I think, is the inner dialogue that we are continually engaged in with ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: thoughts  human  god 
     
    Grace is something you can never get but can only be given. There's no way to earn it or deserve it or bring it about anymore than you can deserve the taste of raspberries and cream or earn good looks. A good night's sleep is grace and so are good dreams. Most tears are grace. The smell of rain is grace. Somebody loving you is grace.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: grace  sleep  night  tears  loving  rain  dreams 
     
    A Christian is one who points at Christ and says, 'I can't prove a thing, but there's something about his eyes and his voice. There's something about the way he carries his head, his hands, the way he carries his cross-the way he carries me.'
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: eyes  christian  christ 
     
    Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: peace  joy  live  compassion 
     
    Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.
    — Frederick Buechner
    tags: world  beautiful  afraid 
     
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    frederick buechner
    Birth    : July 11, 1926
    Occupation  : Writer