Reflections Before Bedtime #56

Compiled by: Gabriela Yareliz

Words are so lovely. They end up swimming in my head like alphabet soup, after a long day. Delicious.

“He wants to be the center, through Him alone all things shall come to pass. He is the Mediator, not only between God and man, but between man and man, between man and reality.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” J.R.R. Tolkien


“Does she scare you a little? Good. She should make you fear her love, so that when she lets you be apart of it, you won’t take it lightly. She should remind you of the power that beauty brings, that storms reside in her veins, and that she still wants you in the middle of it all. Do not take this soul for granted, for she is fierce, and she can take you places that you never thought you could go; but she is still loving in the midst of it all, like the calm rain after a storm, she can bring life. Learn her, and cherish her, respect her, and love her; for she is so much more than a pretty face, she is a soul on fire.”

T.B. LaBerge // Things I’m still learning at 25

“We have the opportunity every day to reach out and love someone, we have the chance to be kind and joyful, and yet, we seem to think that it’s the job of someone else to do that for us. It’s time we decide if we are going to be active in what we want, or destructive in what we will not do. You must be brave when it comes to initiating love, you must be willing to lay down your pride and say “I choose to extend the hand of peace first, I choose to show love in the way it was meant to be shown, with hands open and a willing heart.” Today is the day to take the opportunity to do something beautiful.” T.B. LaBerge // Go Now

“How beautiful it is to find someone who not only accepts who I am, but celebrates the things that have made me who I am. We find joy in being seen, to be known is what our hearts long for. How wonderful, to have someone who knows us, and extends the hand of promise and future growth. That is fuel for our souls, when someone makes the effort to love you for you.”

T.B. LaBerge // I love you and I miss you

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate. The real labor is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more, to remain awake.”

C.S. Lewis

I hope you get some quiet minutes to yourself tonight; your very own reflections before bedtime. I hope you think about the season and all that it means. I hope you experience how God makes all things new. I hope you find Him in the unexpected, when you need Him the most. I hope you find rest in knowing you are in His hands. And always, expect miracles.

Goodnight, world. Goodnight, moon. Goodnight, pigeons. Goodnight, New York City.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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