“. . . I think I’ve learned exactly how the fall of man occurred in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, and Adam said one day, ‘Wow, Eve, here we are, at one with nature, at one with God, we’ll never age, we’ll never die, and all our dreams come true the instant that we have them.” And Eve said, ‘Yeah. . . it’s just not enough is it?’” Bill Hicks (American Comedian, b. 1961)
“With peaks of joy and valleys of heartache, life is a roller coaster ride, the rise and fall of which defines our journey. It is both scary and exciting at the same time.” Sebastian Cole, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love
“Every relationship for a Christian is an opportunity to love another person like God has loved us.” Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Relationships and Romance
“Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.
Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.” Henri J.M. Nouwen
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Henri J.M. Nouwen