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WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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Where the creature ends, there God begins to be. God asks only that
you get out of his way, insofar as you are creature, and let him be
God in you. The least creaturely idea that ever entered your mind is
as big as God. Why? Because it will keep God out of you entirely.
The moment you get (one of your own) ideas, God fades out and
the Godhead too. It is when the idea is gone that God gets in.
God desires urgently that you, the creature, get out of his way --
as if if his own blessedness depended on it. Ah, beloved people,
why don't you let God be God in you? What are you afraid of?
Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
German theologian and philosopher
From "Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing,"
New Seeds, 2005
Heavenly Father, Thou art all feeling, will, and thought.
Guide Thou my feeling will,
let them be as Thou art.
I will purify my mind with the thought that
God is guiding my every activity.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian Yogi and guru
The spirit of celebration will not be in us until we have
learned to be "careful for nothing." And we will never
have a carefree indifference to things until we trust God.
...When we trust God we are free to rely entirely upon him
to provide what we need. "By prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
Prayer is the means by which we move the arm of God;
hence we can live in a spirit of carefree celebration.
Excerpted from "Seeking the Kingdom,"
by Richard J. Foster
Live near to God, and so all things will appear to
you little in comparison with eternal realities.
Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813-1843)
Minister in the Church of Scotland
If man is not made for God, why is he happy only in God?
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher
Come, Lord, work upon us, call us back, set us on fire
and clasp us close, be fragrant to us, draw us to Thy
loveliness; let us love, let us run to Thee.
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
One of the most important figures in Western Christianity
From "Confessions, Books I-XIII"
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1979
You have come from God, you are a spark of His
Glory; you are a wave of that Ocean of Bliss; you
will get peace only when you again merge in Him.
Sri Sathya Baba (1926- )
Indian spiritual leader
God's ways are always more than the human mind can
grasp. All our images and ideas of God are limited to some
degree or another. The Bible uses ordinary, everyday images
from human experience to talk about God. God is a gardener,
a vineyard keeper, a caring shepherd, a gracious host, a mighty
warrior, and a just ruler. God is a loving father, a tender mother,
a faithful wife, and an ardent bridegroom. The psalmist describes
God's strength and protection as a fortress, a rock, a shield, a
stronghold, a place of refuge. No one image can describe God's
limitless attributes. We are humbled by the awesome mystery.
Excerpted from "From Pharaoh to the Father," by Kay Murdy
Resource Publications, Inc., 2000
Gradually I came to see that the Lord's Prayer really comes
down to two statements repeated in a number of parallel ways.
The first half of the prayer, when we pray that God's name by
hallowed, that God's kingdom come, and that God's will be done
in heaven and on earth, is simply the petition that God be every-
thing God is: may God be God. The second half of the prayer, when
we pray for physical sustenance, for forgiveness, and to be preserved
from evil, is simply the request that I be what I am: may I be your
creature. The Lord's Prayer may be paraphrased, I think,
"May God be God, and may I be a creature."
Excerpted from "Doing the Truth in Love:
Conversations about God, Relationships, and Service,"
by Michael J, Himes,
I love my God, but with no
love of mine
For I have none to give;
I love Thee, Lord, but all that
love is Thine,
For by Thy life I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied and lost and
swallowed up in Thee.
Madame Guyon (1648-1716)
French mystic; advocate of "Quietism" and
deemed a heretic of the Catholic Church
And now the Last Word:
To those leaning on the sustaining infinite,
today is big with blessings.
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist
The more you know the less you understand.
Tao Te Ching