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Published 4-11-11     The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Black Elk, Unknown author, Book of Psalms, Johnny Appleseed


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   Grandfather, Great Spirit,

you have been always,

 And before you nothing has been.

There is no one to pray to but you.

The star nations all over the heavens are yours,

 And yours are the grasses of the earth.

 Grandfather, Great Spirit,
fill us with the light.

 Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives

to all that live.

 Help us, for without you we are nothing.

Black Elk (1863-1950)


God, make me brave for life;
oh braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain;
as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.
God, make me brave for life;
much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.
God, make me brave; life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
that out of darkness comes light.

Author Unknown


 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
 But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous:
but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1:1-6
The Holy Bible
King James Version

The Last Word:

Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me.

Johnny Appleseed (1774-1847)
Swedenborgian missionary; planter of apple
trees across Ohio, Indiana and Illinois




























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Our aspirations are our possibilities.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
English author, poet, essayist, moralist, editor



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