TODAY'S THEME: Isaiah 55: Receiving God's Love
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Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come to me:
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

Isaiah 55: 1-3
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition


Nothing can move us from the position of being loved by God.

Nothing can change the way God feels about us.

Nothing can alter the fact that God is going to continue
to love us no matter what we do or say.

Receiving God's love heals us on the inside.
It causes a person's self-esteem to be built up
and emotional hurts to be soothed.

Receiving God's love allows us to feel value, worth, and dignity.

Receiving God's love allows us to respect ourselves.

Receiving God's love motivates us to discipline ourselves.

Receiving God's love gives us the capacity to return His love,
love ourselves, and love others.

We are not only chosen by God, but we are eternally,
tenderly, unconditionally, and infinitely loved by God.
There is no greater blessing,
no greater assurance.

Excepted from "Loved by God,"
by T. D. Jakes
BethanyHouse, 2000

Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon Him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord,
that he may have mercy upon him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55: 6-9
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version


Do I truly want to be so totally forgiven that a completely
new way of living becomes possible? Do I trust myself and
such a radical reclamation?...Receiving forgiveness requires
a total willingness to let God be God and do all the healing,
restoring, and renewing. As long as I want to do even a part
of that myself, I end up with partial solutions, such as be-
coming a hired servant. As a hired servant, I can still
keep my distance, still revolt, reject, strike,
run away, or complain about my pay...

O Lord, I pray that your children may come to feel
your presence and be immersed in your deep, warm,
affective love. And to me, O Lord, your stumbling
friend, show your mercy, Amen.

Excerpted from "The Dance of Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Ave Maria Press, 2005

For just as the rain and the snow descend from heaven and
will not return there, rather it waters the earth and causes it
to produce and sprout, and gives seed to the sower and food
to the eater, so shall My word that emanates from My mouth,
it will not return to Me unfulfilled unless it will have
accomplished what I desired and brought
success where I sent it.

Isaiah 55: 10-11
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications


It is written: "Forever, O G-d, Your word stands firm in the
heavens" (Psalms 119: 89). Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, of
blessed memory, explained the verse thus: "Your word which
you uttered, "Let there be a firmament..." (Genesis 1:6), these
very words and letters stand firmly forever within the firmament
of heaven and are forever clothed within the heavens to give them
life and existence...And so it is with all created things, down to the
most corporeal and inanimate of substances. If the letters of the
"ten utterances" by with the world was created during the six days
of creation were to depart from it for but an instant, G-d
forbid, it would revert to absolute nothingness.

From "Twenty-Eight Teachings from Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi"
Courtesy of


Spirit is the word...Spirit is not in the I, but between I and Thou.
It is not like the blood that circulates in you, but like the air in
which you breathe. Man lives in the spirit, if he is able to
respond to his Thou. He is able to, if he enters into
relation with his whole being...

Only silence before the Thou -- silence of all tongues,
silent patience in the undivided word that precedes the
formed and vocal response -- leaves the Thou free, and
permits man to take his stand with it in the reserve
where the spirit is not manifest, but is...

Excerpted from "I and Thou,"
by Martin Buber
Collier Books, 1958

For you shall go out in joy,
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Isaiah 55: 12
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version



I greet you in the softness of unexpected snow
As the ground wakes from winter slumber
In the white coats of dogwood at river's edge
Pressed by spring rain.

As laughter sounds between lovers at dusk
When the east wind dances with the bare tree
During summer's resplendent parade

My heart rejoices
At our meetings

Lora Robertson

Excerpted from "Bless This Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998

And now, the Last Word:

He who is in the sun, and in the fire,
and in the heart of man is ONE.
He who knows this is one with the ONE.

The Upanishads (Hindu)












































































Bonus quote:
A rose, bent by the wind, and twisted by thorns,
yet has its heart turned upwards.

Huna (c. 250)



On today's
Home Page:

T. D. Jakes;
Martin Buber;
Henri Nouwen;
Rabbi Zalman
of Liadi;