I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino
"In my experience, sinning against God is like trying to punch a wave: no matter how hard you strike, you can’t do any damage. Think in terms of swimming in the ocean. If you swim with the current, the ocean works with you. If you swim against it, the ocean works against you. While this matters greatly to you, it matters not at all to the ocean. And regardless of which way you choose to swim, you are always in the ocean. I believe God is like this as well. You can live godly or ungodly, but God is unchanged. If you are “swimming” in an ungodly manner, you aren’t sinning against God or separate from God. You are simply working against your own best interest. No separation is possible; no return is necessary."
— Rami Shapiro, American rabbi, born April 26, 1951