Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
John Michael Talbot, Book of Psalms, Confucius, John Raposo, Jr., Maya Angelou
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You may think that music can only be heard by the ear or perceived by other
sense organs. But music can be heard in the spirit and the soul as well.
Many mystics say that God created all creation with music, for He is music itself.
But this spiritual music is much deeper than the kind we think of in our world today.
The music of the spirit has to do with perfect balance and harmony in all things.
It is the perfect proportion of rhythm and harmony, that originally flowed through all
things, not the least of which was the human being. It is still there to some degree.
Once we find it for ourselves, we see it in all else as well. All is created anew.
From 'The Joy of Music Ministry,"
by John Michael Talbot
Resurrection Press, 2001
Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!
Psalm 47: 1, 5-7
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
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Music expresses the harmony of the universe,
while rituals express the order of the universe.
Through harmony all things are influenced, and
through order, all things have a proper place...
Confucius, quoted after Novak Phillip
in 'The World's Wisdom'
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the Lord on the harp;
on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise.
Sing to God a new song;
skillfully play with joyful chant.
For the Lord's word is true; all his works
are trustworthy. The Lord loves justice and
right and fills the earth with goodness.
Psalm 33: 1-5
New American Bible
Sing, Sing a song, Sing out loud,
Sing out strong, Sing of good things, not bad,
Sing of happy, not sad.
Sing, Sing a song, Make it simple,
To last your whole life long.
Don't worry that it's not good enough,
For anyone else to hear. Sing, Sing a song.
Joe Raposo, Jr. (1937-1989)
American lyricist and composer;
best known for work on 'Sesame Street;'
composer of 'It's Not Easy Being Green'
The Last Word:
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song.
Maya Angelou (1928 - )
Preeminent American poet