Mental Health Ministries

Quotes

Flower emerging from crack in There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

~ Leonard Cohen

Walmart Butterfly - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederHere and now is where all the wonder of life lies hidden.

~ Wayne Dyer

Sea Tortise - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederLet yourself down into waters' embrace. You no longer need your reflection. Spirit will flow into Spirit. You will be born again.

~ Nancy Compton Williams

Julian on the Beach - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

 

 

Do not go where the path leads.
Go where there is no path
and leave a trail.

Boats at Sunset - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

Our eternal message of hope is that dawn will come.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rainbow in the Forest - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederNature seems to hold no grudges, have no regrets, and does not suffer from angst about tomorrow. She is here in the moment - celebrating today.

~ Catherine Renzi

Mexico - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Fireworks - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederI will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.

~ Og Mandin

Lights - Photo by Karen LymanThe people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a land of deep shadow a light has shone. For the yoke that was weighing upon them and the burden upon their shoulders, thou hast broken in pieces O God.

~ Isaiah 9:2, 4

Photo by Karen Lyman

Sunflowers - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do."

~ Helen Keller

Susan Gregg-Schroeder Carrying the Olympic Torch

"Have no fear when darkness falls because there’s a light that shines within us all. There’s a flame that burns in every heart. It’s the will we have that lights the spark. Once in every lifetime, there’s a chance to stand apart."

~ Theme song from 2002 Winter Olympics

Christmas Cactus - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

"I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower - the Light in the darkness, the Voice in silence."

~ Helen Keller

Ocean Light - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”

~ William Wordsworth

Biltmore Flowers - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

 

 

"Help us to be the always hopeful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth as without light nothing flowers."

~ Mary Sarton

Candle - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

~ Chinese Proverb

Winter Branch - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder"Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together."

~ Vesta M. Kelly

Kanuga Fall Tree - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

~ Ecclesiastes

Hands Raised at Sunset

 

The soul is a metaphor for the place where transformation takes place.

Waterfall - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder“Water is God’s gift to living souls, to cleanse us, to purify us, to sustain and renew us.”

~ From a Jewish ceremony

Princeton's Miller Chapel - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder"Hope can and will come from the least suspected quarters, whether in the secret corner of our own hearts or of others."

~ L. Stuhl Mueller C.P.

Cave - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

"There is a source within us that always works to bring things into the light."

~ John A. Sanford

Spring in the Desert - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

 

"I pin my hopes to quiet processes and small circles in which vital and transforming events take place."

~ Rufus Jones

Julian - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

“I have called you by name, you are mine...you are precious in my sight.”

~ Isaiah 43:1-4

Rocks - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

Mysterious as it may be, there is something wonderful at the heart of our existence, and it is about nothing other than love; love for God, love for one another, love for creation, love for life itself.

~ Gerald May

Rocking ChairPeople with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of our congregations, members of our families; they are everywhere in this country. If we ignore their cries for help, we will be continuing to participate in the anguish from which those cries for help come. A problem of this magnitude will not go away. Because it will not go away, and because of our spiritual commitments, we are compelled to take action.

~ Rosalynn Carter

Fall Leaves - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederPresence is what we are all starving for. Real presence! We are too busy to be present, too blind to see the nourishment and salvation in the crumbs of life, the experience of each moment. Yet the secret of life is this: There are no leftovers! There is nothing -- no thing, no person, no experience, no thought, no joy or pain -- that cannot be harvested and used for nourishment on our journey to God.

~ Macrina Wiederkehr

Forest Path - Photo by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

 

Letting go of the need to control our spiritual path is especially helpful in the dark night because in these times we do not choose a path. We experience the path as given. Walking in trust, along the path that is given, is our way of saying yes to God.

~ Sondra Cronk

Winter Tulip - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederThe fullness of one's soul evolves slowly.

We're asked to go within to gestate the newness God is trying to form; we're asked to collaborate with grace...

...Spirit needs a container to pour itself into. Grace needs an arena in which to incarnate.

~ Sue Monk Kidd

Lake - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederDo not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to lived them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without knowing it, live along some distant day into the answers.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Snowy Forest - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederFor those who have dwelt in depression's dark wood, and know its inexplicable agony, their return from the upward out of hell's black depths and at last emerging into what he saw as "the shining world."

~ William Styron

Sunrise - Photo by Susan Gregg-SchroederWhere can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,"
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

~ Psalm 139:7-12