TODAY'S THEME: Up to Your Neck

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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
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in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
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Hope on, poor soul, be not cast down!
God in His mercy, will raise thee from hell,
When pain torments thee, Be patient, wait!
And thou shalt see the radiant sun of joy!
Up, up! Bid farewell to thy pain and troubles,
Bid what oppresses and saddens thy heart begone!
Even if thou art not the regent, who shall direct all things,
God is in the regiment and guides all things aright.

Paul Gerhard (1607-1676)
Lutheran hymn writer

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What does it mean for God to "work" all things? It means
He is constantly manipulating, moving, maneuvering, and
arranging all things according to His purposes. Things
don't happen at random in our lives. They don't happen
because of coincidence. God is at work, bringing about
His purposes. If we are experiencing tribulation, we must
glory in it! Tribulation works patience, and patience,
experience, and experience, hope, and hope dispels
all shame. God is in the process of taking the worst
things imaginable and turning them for
great good in our lives.

Excerpted from "Loved by God,"
by T. D. Jakes
Bethany House, 2000





Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
"The Parting of the Red Sea"


He who is in the hand of God scarce has need of words,
a sigh directed to Him suffices and God hears. Thus it
is related of Aminadab* that he sprang into the Red Sea
before its waters were parted and as they came up to
his neck, he said, "Help, Lord, lest the waters
overwhelm me." He did not shout; he spoke in a
gentle tone for his faith was great and
everything which happened was natural.

Excerpted from "Meditation and Mankind,"
by Vladimir Lindenberg
Rider and Company, 1959


*It appears that Lindenberg is actually talking about
Nachshon, the son of Aminadab, prince of the children
of Judah. He was the first to plunge into the Red Sea,
as the others hesitated, because the waters had not yet
parted. His total trust in God in the face of risk,
set an inspiring example for the others.

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But you, Lord, are a shield around me;
my glory, you keep my head high.

Psalm 3: 4
New American Bible





The good news of surrendering ourselves and our life to a
Power greater than ourselves is that we come into harmony
with a Grand Plan, one greater than we can imagine...

We aren't a mistake. And we don't have to control or repress
ourselves or others for life to work out. Even the strange, the
unplanned, the painful, and those things we call errors can
evolve into harmony.

We will know when to go, to stop, to wait. We will learn
a great truth: the plan will happen in spite of us,
not because of us.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,
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by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990


And now, the Last Word:

Many say, "May we see better times!
Lord, show us the light of your face!"
But you have given my heart more joy
than they have when grain and wine abound.
In peace I shall both lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord, make me secure.


Psalm 4: 7-9
New American Bible






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bonus quote:

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire
universe, deserve your love and affection.

The Buddha
(circa 563 BC - 483 BC)

 



On today's
Home Page:


Paul Gerhard;
T. D. Jakes;
Vladimir Lindenberg;
Book of Psalms


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