Sabbatical Quotes

I’m keeping a running list of quotes and inspiration for the sabbatical here. Care to share any inspiration? Please share in the comments!

Trust in the slow work of God.” - Teilhard de Chardin


“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen” - Thomas Merton


May God do in your life what only He can--strengthen you with His love, fill you with His assurance, bless you with His peace, and hold you in His Arms as you are held in prayer. The Lord bless and keep you. - Numbers 6:24 NIV


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“preposterous as it was, when [those who created the PCT], had imagined the people who would walk the high trail that wound down the heights of our western mountains, they’d been imagining me.

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even getting from Point A to Point B. It had only to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles for no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seem to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way. That’s [what the creators knew], I supposed…what thousands of people who preceded and followed them knew…what I knew before I even really did, before I could have known how hard and glorious the PCT would be, how profoundly the trail would both shatter and shelter me.” - Wild, Cheryl Strayed