Saturday, December 31, 2016

forgiveness






Forgiveness is the answer to a child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean. The dream explains why we need to be forgiven, and why we must forgive. In the presence of God, nothing stands between Him and us - we are forgiven. But we cannot feel His presence if anything is allowed to stand between ourselves and others.



~ Dag Hammarskjöld 
from Markings
translated by Leif Sjoberg and W.H. Auden.

Hammarskjöld was the second Secretary General of the United Nations, serving from 1953 until his death in a plane crash in 1961. He is the only person to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize posthumously. Markings, a sort of diary of poetry and meditations, was found in his office after his death, along with a letter to Swedish Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Leif Sjoberg, explaining that it may be published if Mr. Sjoberg felt it worth publishing.





5 comments:

the sleepy pianist said...

thank you.
i so needed this. today.

i subscribe to your blog after stumbling upon it some time last year.

it's so nice that the signposts in your own journey are the same i pass by on my own way.

thank you.
for being.

- j

smilingheart said...

thanks j, glad to hear the postings resonate with you also.

and thanks for commenting.

dean

Irmgarde said...

Hello,
Am trying to find the artist for Forgiveness illustration on your blog. I have copied the image and placed it on my blog post today, but would like permission. It was a wonderful image. Thanks in advance.
irmgardebrown.com

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Nina Rahima said...

Hi Dean,
I truly love your blog and your selection. Thank you so very much! -The image to Forgiveness - who is the artist, please?