February 2021 Touchstones Readings From the Common Bowl

February 2021 Touchstones Ministry Theme: Mercy

February 1: “Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.” ~ Carl Sagan

February 2: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” ~ Micah 6:8

February 3: “Religion carries two sorts of people in two entirely opposite directions: the mild and gentle people it carries towards mercy and justice; the persecuting people it carries into fiendish, sadistic cruelty.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead

February 4: “The world will give you that once in a while, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd

February 5: “Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.” ~ Wendell Berry

February 6: “Mercy, I think, doesn’t the human race know anything about mercy?” ~ Charles Bukowski

February 7: “10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction.” ~ Susan Sontag

February 8: “The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know…. Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.” ~ John Adams

February 9: “Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy. Those who do not want mercy never seek it. …A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless than one that always verges on despair.” ~ Thomas Merton

February 10: “For Mercy has a human heart / Pity, a human face: / And Love, the human form divine, / And Peace, the human dress.” ~ William Blake

February 11: “I don’t ever want to live in a world where something like mercy…or maybe it’s compassion…is the wrong choice.” ~ Jonathan Maberry

February 12: “…and Heaven have mercy on us all—Presbyterians and Pagans alike—for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.” ~ Herman Melville

February 13: “Blessed are the merciful: for every act of love and caring is returned to us one hundred-fold. A universal law of every human philosophy teaches us to love our neighbor as we would ourselves be loved.” ~ Jeff Liebmann

February 14: “To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle. Perhaps the wilderness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace. Wilderness lives by this same grace. Wild mercy is in our hands.” ~ Terry Tempest Williams

February 15: “Mercy is the stuff you give to people that don’t deserve it.” ~ Joyce Meyer

February 16: “We have not yet encountered any god who is as merciful as a man who flicks a beetle over on its feet.” ~ Annie Dillar

February 17: “Your heart has to be prepared ahead of time through faith and prayer and grace and mercy and love and forgiveness so you can keep your heart open in hell, when hell happens.” ~ Richard Rohr

February 18: “Grace accepts a person as someone worthy of kindness despite whatever grime or hard-shell casing keeps him or her separated from the rest of the world. Grace is a gift of tender mercy when it makes the least sense.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll

February 19: “Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.” ~ Joseph Campbell

February 20: “Two things in life are infinite; the stupidity of man and the mercy of God.” ~ G.I. Gurdjief

February 21: “Do not just seek happiness for yourself. Seek happiness for all. Through kindness. Through mercy.” ~ David Levithan

February 22: “To show mercy is not naïve. To hold out against the end of hope is not stupidity or madness. It is fundamentally human. …You may think I’m stupid, you may call me a madman and a fool, but at least I stand upright in a fallen world.” ~ Rick Yancey

February 23: “Be grateful for small mercies.” ~ Alexandra Adornetto

February 24: “Those who feel no need for mercy usually never seek it and almost never bestow it.” ~ Jeffery R. Holland

February 25: “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

February 26: “To be able to laugh and to be merciful are the only things that make man better than the beast.” ~ Ruskin Bond

February 27: “That’s what mercy is… it’s choosing to help, or forgive, or love even when it goes against all logic.” ~ Laura Anderson Kurk

February 28: “My father always told me that in this world we are going to make a truckload of mistakes, but the best mistake we can ever make is to err on the side of mercy.” ~ Joan Bauer

Bonus Day: “You are merciful… when you forgive in others the faults you condemn in yourself.” ~ Nikhil Saluja

Bonus Day: “I believe in peace. I believe in mercy.” ~ Malala Yousafzai

Bonus Day: “Love, Mercy, and Grace, sisters all, attend your wounds of silence and hope.” ~ Aberjhani