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Martin Buber, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Michael Shepherd, Book of Psalms


Dear Readers,

I have realized that every time I blink, my eyelids open up to reveal
a brand new world. As the ancient Greeks said, "It is not possible to
step into the same stream twice." Movement and growth are ever-
constant because our Creator is Renewal. It is impossible for Him to
stagnate! It is even said that a certain class of angels does nothing
but circle the heavenly Throne, and each time they complete a circle
they see something new in His vastness. He himself does not change
nor become something other than God, but in His ever-flowing move-
ment, He constantly reveals fresh beauty and power. Let us open our
eyes today and glimpse newness: the Lord in His dance of renewal.

- Lisa

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In the earliest morning twilight a tsaddik stood at the window
and, trembling, called out, "Just a short time ago it was still
night, and now it is day--God is causing the day to arise!"
And he was full of fear and trembling. Moreover he said,
"Every created being should be ashamed before the Creator.
For if he were perfect, as he was destined to be, he would have
to be astonished and awaken and catch fire over the renewal
of the creature at every time and in every moment."

From "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber
Harper & Row, 1985


Praying means above all to be accepting toward
God, who is always new, always different. For God
is a God whose heart is greater than ours. The open
acceptance of prayer in the face of an ever-new God
makes us free. In prayer, we are constantly on the
way, on pilgrimage...We will never know for sure if
we have reached God. But we do know that
God will always be new...

Excerpted from "With Open Hands,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Ballentine Books, 1972

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By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature
seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems
to be a pure, cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The
whole world is charge with the glory of God and I feel
fire and music under my feet.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and author


Krishna passed that mountain many times;
and yet his followers observed that day
that all his mind was filled with fresh delight
as if he'd never walked nor seen, that way;

the beauty of the mountain ever new,
the moment of its sight, the world reborn;
the mind surprised by what it always knew;
the beauty past all beauty's name and form.

This is true beauty, in ourself revealed;
a sight that's ever fresh, yet ever known;
which eye sees pure, yet mind too oft
conceals: God's unity, in beauty seen;
all, One;

The moment's grace of beauty, ours all day;
from outward eye the sight of inward Way.

Michael Shepherd (1929 -  )
English poet

The Last Word:

How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

When you send you Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.

Psalm 104:24,30
The Holy Bible
New International Version





























































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Practice being there while getting there.

Lama Surya Das


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