Almost certainly god is not in time. his life does not consist of moments one following another...ten-thirty-- and every other moment from the beginning of the world--is always present for him. if you like to put it this way, he has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames.
Someone once said, if you scratch a cynic, and you'll find a disappointed idealist. that really rang a bell with me - because i recognized that, within me, there is this flame, of wishing it were better, wishing people had better lives, that there was more of an authentic sharing and harmony with nature.
I do not believe that we can put into anyone ideas which are not in him already. As a rule there are in everyone all sorts of good ideas, ready like tinder. But much of this tinder catches fire, or catches it successfully, only when it meets some flame or spark from outside, i.E., from some other person.
They walked still farther and the girl said, "is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?" no. houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it." strange. i heard once that a long time ago houses used to burn by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flames.
To students: i pray that all those young people who have graduated, do not carry just a piece of paper with them but that they carry with them love, peace and joy. That they become the sunshine of god's love to our people, the hope of eternal happiness and the burning flame of love wherever they go. That they become carriers of god's love. That they be able to give what they have received. For they have received not to keep, but to share.
Wasn't it better if they kept this desire to see each other hidden within them, and never actually got together? that way, there would always be hope in their hearts. that hope would be a small, yet vital flame that warmed them to their core-- a tiny flame to cup one's hands around and protect from the wind, a flame that the violent winds of reality might easily extinguish.