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I began to pray those same fervent prayers,
by James Green Somerville

I began to pray those same fervent prayers,
lying in bed at night, hoping to see a scroll unrolled
from the ceiling with a message from God just for me.
- James Green Somerville

While I am the one who made the choice to enter the ministry,
there was a choice before that one, the choice God
made in calling me to be his in the first place.
- James Green Somerville

I know the world is hungry for good ministry.
- James Green Somerville

Even more important than what we do,
then,
is who we are.
- James Green Somerville

 

I dropped out of school for a semester,
transferred to another college, switched to an art major,
graduated, got married, and for a while worked as a graphic designer.
- James Green Somerville

Washington is a great international city and in the
congregation we have people who are rich and poor,
black and white, and from every part of the world.
- James Green Somerville

It's not just being called to the ministry that counts.
- James Green Somerville

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As long as I loved and served Christ I could be anything I wanted to be.
- James Green Somerville

There are congressmen in our congregation,
judges, federal reserve governors.
And there are also people who are homeless and some who are mentally ill.
To be able to talk to each of those people is something
that I've had to learn how to do over the years.
- James Green Somerville

My father was a Presbyterian minister,
working among the poor in West Virginia.
He had taken what amounted to a vow of poverty when
he accepted that call and so we never had much money.
- James Green Somerville

We were growing up in West Virginia.
Everybody was poor there in the southern part of the state.
It was like growing up in the Great Depression from
the stories I hear people tell.
Everybody was poor and so we didn't know that we were
any different from anybody else.
- James Green Somerville

I have to confess that there have been some times when
I was less than glad to be a minister,
and some Sundays still when I tremble under the weight
of trying to speak a word for God.
- James Green Somerville

I went off to a school with the children of CEOs and diplomats.
To be able to be at home with that group of people
and at home with the desperately poor has been good
for me in preparation for my coming to Washington.
- James Green Somerville

John the Baptist was supposed to point the way to the Christ.
He was just the voice, not the Messiah.
So everybody's calling has dignity to it and God seems
to know better than we do what is in us that needs to be called forth.
- James Green Somerville

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born
it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
- Margaret Mead

A friendship that can end never really began.
- Publilius Syrus

I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't.
But there was going to be when I began it.
It's just that something happened to it along the way."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It all started when my dog began getting free roll over minutes.
- Jay London

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk.
It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
- Jean Cocteau

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
- George Eliot

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago,
during and immediately after World War II.
- Barry Commoner

I began like all composers, writing for small groups.
Chamber groups.
- David Del Tredici

Clinton's fakery was so deft and deeply ingrained that
it was impossible to tell where it ended and the real Bill Clinton began.
This constituted a kind of political genius.
- Rich Lowry

However, I began to submit poems to British magazines,
and some were accepted.
It was a great moment to see my first poems published.
It felt like entering a tradition.
- Helen Dunmore

The enemy now began to appear from the mast-head.
- John Byng

Underground literature only began in the '70s,
when technical developments made it possible.
Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors.
That was our struggle.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

When the violation of parity was discovered I began
a series of electronic experiments to investigate parity
violation in hyperon decays.
- James Cronin

Oddly enough, George Pal always began and ended something with The Bible.
All his pictures had a religious undertone.
God was always there, protecting us.
- Ann Robinson

And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading,
I began to write, like a clever monkey.
- Russell Banks

After I got over the terrible pain of having something of mine taken from me,
I began to think how bad everybody else must be feeling.
It wasn't a nice time.
- Lena Horne

Western concepts of ownership and privatization came
in and clashed with that.
So land began to be exchanged.
- Neil Abercrombie

I've always despised old people.
I got angry at my father when he began to show signs of age.
- William Steig

Then about 1951 I began writing again,
painfully, a novel I called in the beginning A Life Sentence on Earth,
but which developed into The Tree of Man.
- Patrick White

I instantly chucked my academic ambitions and began
writing fiction full-time.
- Peter Straub

My life as a working theorist began three months after
this preliminary study and background reading,
when Oscar gently nudged me toward working on a particular problem.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

My real education began when I entered the University
of Chicago in September 1951 as a graduate student.
- James Cronin

When I first began to combine letters other than Hebrew,
I read every book in German that came my way,
and from these I certainly received according to the nature of my soul.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

The more people pointed at me in scorn the more stubborn
I got and when they began calling me the Bad Girl of West Seattle High,
I tried to live up to it.
- Frances Farmer

My teaching began in 1936 at Iowa State College where T. W. Schultz was the department chairman.
- George Stigler

They all went into the bar business.
Which was a mistake, because they began to sip at the
merchandise and it set them back,
set us all back.
Well, them more than I. - Frank McCourt

My acting career began at age three and my parents got me into it.
I was in a McDonald's commercial.
- Corey Feldman

I didn't decide I was crazy until 1952.
That's when I began making a steady salary and could afford to be crazy.
- Allan Sherman

Five years ago we were working on a new album when my health began failing.
- Lou Gramm

I think that the proposed constitution is one of the
European legal documents with the strongest social
dimension I have seen since I began following European issues.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

It wasn't until I saw James Dean that I began to think
that maybe I could actually do this.
Movies didn't have to be just this fantasy with this impossibly handsome guy.
- Terence Stamp

Some persons have ventured to say that it is only since
Englishmen ceased to believe in the Bible that they
began to discover how beautiful it was.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama,
that is, modern opera as we know it.
- John Eaton

You have indeed done much since the new century began
to give shape and substance to the growing,
the insistent desire that war may be banished from the earth.
- Henry Campbell-Bannerman

Whenever I did a good performance, my Dad and my uncles,
who were rabid movie fans, took me to the movies.
There began my underlying love affair with film.
- Mel Torme

I began to think, The endowment has had a bad reputation in the last few years,
and that's unfair.
- Jane Alexander

And it was from Boston that one in every six American
families began their journey into the land of the free.
- Thomas Menino

If there is one place on the face of earth where all
the dreams of living men have found a home from the
very earliest days when man began the dream of existence,
it is India.
- Romain Rolland

It began to dawn on me that perhaps my country needed
me more at home than overseas.
- Larry David

As time goes on, I realize more and more that,
beginning in the early 30's, David Smith began setting
the precedent for what was to come later for many of us.
- Kenneth Noland

It has ever been since time began, and ever will be,
till time lose breath, that love is a mood -
no more -
to man,
and love to a woman is life or death.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties,
before we began to poison our own civilization -
or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt.
- Orson Scott Card

Today I began the novel that I determined to be great.
- Zane Grey

When I began listening to saxophones,
I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins.
- Gerry Mulligan

As electronic journalism came to be evaluated for its cost effectiveness,
the network world began breaking up.
- Roger Mudd

It was at Bell Labs that I first made direct contact
with real semiconductor experts and thus began to fully
understand what amazing materials they were and what they could do.
- Robert B. Laughlin

I began composing works which were imitative of the
music I was being told about.
I was also very interested in translating the music into visual terms.
- Henry Flynt

When my young men began the killing,
my heart was hurt.
- Chief Joseph

What we now call "finance" is, I hold,
an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.
- Robert Graves

I think that the change began...
I made a film a few years ago called The Spitfire Grill,
and that didn't make much money either,
but it was a good film and an independent film.
- Ellen Burstyn

I was in jail four and a half years.
When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice,
but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

It really wasn't until I was in college when I began to write more and more,
and I realized I was scheduling my entire life around my writing.
- Rita Dove

I began writing a book on love because I felt that
the United States is moving away from love.
- Bell Hooks


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