Have you ever questioned the origins of the wall plaques in gift shops? Succinct sayings with clever calligraphy. Many are also online, with the name of the person who wrote or spoke the words. Unfortunately some are misquoted or attributed to the wrong person.
I know a lady who wrote a lovely poem for her mother. Later, she discovered it displayed in a calligraphy album in a store…without being attributed to her! She approached the man and demanded payment for her work. He wouldn’t admit he’d plagiarised it, but he did pay her a small amount of money!
Quotes can be tricky. You may have seen the more common ones. I itch to correct the punctuation and grammar on a few! Unfortunately, many don’t include the author’s name.
I have one like that. It’s an attractive black and white one in my study. It matches the decor and fits the narrow space beside the window. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded that there’s something missing.
It reads: ‘The best things in life are unseen. That’s why we close our eyes when we kiss, laugh and dream’.
I’ve seen another on a similar topic: ‘The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way’. And maybe we’ve all heard this one: ‘The best things in life are free’. Are they all the best things?
Our grandson was looking at mine and said, ‘Grandma, there’s another thing that should be on there: “We close our eyes when we sneeze!”‘ He’s right. How many of us have sneezed in the car as we’re driving along a road, and hoped we wouldn’t crash?
But sneezing isn’t the thing I miss. There’s another, more important matter that we do with our eyes shut. Praying.
Why do we close our eyes to talk to God? Is it necessary? Did the ancients pray with their eyelids lowered? I don’t think there’s a rule in the Bible that says we must. We teach our children to close their eyes in prayer, but I think that must have started to keep their concentration on the Lord so they wouldn’t be distracted by the things around them. I pray in the dark and how much difference does that make! I don’t need to shut my eyes when the light’s turned off.
For many years I’ve collected quotes that I enjoy; ones that teach me more about God and life, even about myself. I have a couple of notebooks for them. My daughter once gave me a collection that she’d meticulously compiled. Each one was in its own blue envelope and they were all in a lovely little basket bound with a blue ribbon. She knew they’d be the perfect gift for me; one of my favourite things. There were enough for me to read one every day for a year! I still treasure them.
Here on my Blog, I include a quote on every post I write. Sometimes they’re scripture texts, others I’ve found elsewhere. They’re called Analecta, which means ‘gleaning’.
Here’s one we should always remember. It comes from the Amplified Classic Bible and is quoted by the Apostle John in chapter 8, verse 12 of his Gospel. It gives us important guidance that we can never truly live without. It’s worthwhile to keep it written on our hearts. Only Jesus could say these words and I’m so glad he did.
I am the Light of the world. He who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.