I am thankful for these words (and so many more!) that inspire and encourage from Maya Angelou. May they do the same for you today. And here are some words about her, from another encourager, Ann Voskamp –
Lord, one of the caged birds flew today,
one of ours passed, and Maya Angelou’s song still lingers on, her words resonating off all the walls of the world today, beyond the walls of time:
“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”
Make us the mature, not just the aged, Lord.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but *people will never forget how you made them feel.*”
Make us about more than tongues or hands, but about touching hearts, Lord.
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
Make us remember that the way to have it all — is to give it all back, Lord.
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time.”
Make us have the courage to trust love, Lord, because we are safe in Your love — so love always one more time, and one more time, and one more time.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.”
And that Lord — a thousand times, make us live that.
So tonight we thank You for the caged bird that sang — and flew.