Sunday Thoughts – The ‘Flame Within’

“Goodness is a bright flame within you. Use it to light up the world.” ~ Frank Sonnenberg

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Good Sunday morning, dear ones.  Welcome to the first ‘Sunday Thoughts’ of 2021.  Today, I want to share a lovely piece written by Howard Thurman ~ The Work of Christmas.  It is my hope his words will settle in your heart, as they have mine.  To me, such words are inspiring and help to move us forward when thinking of the days and work ahead.

The Work of Christmas, by Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart. 

Dear friends, 2021 will certainly be a year of much work.  But, I don’t believe any of us are shy about sharing what is within our means to make our world a happier and more loving place.  Truly, the smallest kindness shown toward our fellow man can make a vast difference.


Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day, full of love and joy.

And. . .

May the week ahead find you enjoying the things which make your heart sing.




“Whatever you do in life . . . remember . . . think higher, feel deeper.  Life is not a fist.  Life is an open hand waiting for some other hand to enter it in friendship.  Ultimately, the answers are so simple.  Not simplistic, but so simple.” ~ Elie Wiesel (see note) 




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Note:  Elie Wiesel was born September 30, 1928, in Sighet, Romania, and died July 2, 2016, in New York, New York.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986.   Elie Wiesel was a Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He authored 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.

























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Pam Richardson

Good morning, Sandra! I always look forward to your Sunday thoughts. I pray that I would always have an open hand to those around me. Wishing you a lovely day and week ahead my friend ♥️

bonnie morgan

There is joy in serving others. Have a lovely week, Sandra.

Penny Carlson

What a perfect poem for today.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Happy New Year, Sandra! Your Sunday posts are always so beautiful and inspirational. I strive everyday of my life to help others. I say a prayer each day that I may have the grace and wisdom to do so. May 2021 bring you many blessings, sweet friend!


What beautiful post…Thank you for sharing love everytime! Happy 2021!

Louise Stronach

Blessings are all around us to enjoy and share. It’s a perfect time to enjoy quiet pursuits, to learn something new of interest and to make our lives kinder and gentler and more inclusive of others. It’s time for reflection and a change of heart and perception. Sandra, you always gently point us in the right direction ~ thank you.🌸


This is the year of much work, Sandra. And I loved that poem. I was unfamiliar with it but it is most definitely a “keeper.” Happy New Year, my friend. You are such a wonderful way to enjoy a Sunday.

Bobbi Duncan

Is there really anything that makes us happier than giving of ourselves–I don’t think there is. Spreading joy is such a wonderful feeling. Thank you for always spreading joy, Sandra; your poems and words stay with me through the week and are always uplifting. I, too, am enjoying the post Christmas quiet days, trying to catch up on some reading and also getting ready to sell many things to simplify my life. I am also a lover of winter and wish we’d get a lot more snow than we do. Wishing you a lovely week and big hugs.

My dear friend, today your publication is wonderful in its content. You give us some really useful tips and thoughts for the life of those who need to have a peaceful life. The Howard Thurman quotes are wonderful … I stay with them and will read them when I feel that my soul is saddened … well, better day by day so that I do not forget their verses. I’m getting better and I can write on the computer with both hands !!! is an achievement!!… I wish you the best of the best and don’t forget to show those… Read more »

Hello Sandra,
Both the poem and Elie Weisel’s words are encouraging just now as things look quite bleak in the world. There is always warmth and light when we extend grace and goodness to each other, and I hope to do that to those I engage with.
Have a most wonderful week.