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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.
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ON TODAY'S SITE:
Eknath Easwaran, Kathy Ganino, Max Lucado, Henri Nouwen, Padmasambhava, Berchte von Oberriet
I love the imagery of God running toward us, to rescue us from ourselves.
We cannot conceive of the speed at which He is at our side once we get our
heads out of our egos and ask humbly for a little help. But I've always taken comfort
in knowing I've all eternity to get this "loving God" thing right. I tend to be a slow
learner and I need to hear it all more than once or twice before things sink in.
So when I read today's first quote, I had a small "Aha" moment. Oh, so we're
supposed to give God our full attention! Okay. Apparently, the usual, "Let me get
back to you on that, Lord," isn't enough. And there's even a sense of urgency
about listening to God with rapt attention, not because God won't be God if
we're a little slow to figure things out, but because He so deeply longs for
us to know Him as Father, Friend, Creator and King. So, as the angels
hang on His every word, may we incline our ears to the Lord today,
paying full attention to each sweet word He places in our hearts.
This is what becoming established in God means; the welfare
of the whole speaks to you, direct and urgent. And the tone
of the message is not, "The boss phoned a half hour ago;
kindly call him back at your leisure." The Lord says, "Teresa,
I am talking to you. Give me your complete attention."
Excerpted from "Love Never Faileth,"
by Eknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 1996
Lord, when I awake in silence
I can lie in my bed and listen
It is my time to be quiet in my awakening
In the quiet of my silence,
Before the sounds of the day engulf me
It is my time to listen
So speak to me in the morning, dear Lord
Tell me how to serve today
Tell me for whom I should pray
Tell me what songs to sing
And I will rise in prayer and song
To praise you all day long
Southern CA writer
The key to knowing God's heart is having a relationship
with him. A personal relationship. God will speak to you
differently than he will speak to others. Just because God
spoke to Moses through a burning bush, that doesn't mean we
should all sit next to a bush waiting for God to speak...
No. God reveals his heart personally to each person.
For that reason, your walk with God is essential. His heart is
not seen in an occasional chat or weekly visit. We learn his
will as we take up residence in his house every single day.
Excerpted from "The Great House of God,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 1997
It is God's passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer.
Prayer comes from God's initiative, not ours. It might
sound shocking, but it is biblical to say: God wants us
more than we want God!
Excerpted from "The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
A hundred things may be explained to you, a thousand things told,
but one thing only should you grasp. Know one thing and everything
is freed -- remain within your inner nature, your awareness.
Padmasambhava (8th century)
"The Lotus Born," or Guru Rinpoche,
said to have brought Tantric
Bhutan and Tibet
The Last Word:
From Lisa: Here is the best example I could find
of someone giving complete attention to God:
It is said that as Berchte von Oberriet lay on her deathbed,
she said,"Lord, I am hanging on your back, you'll
have to shake me off; I'll never leave you."
And then she let go of mortal life.
Source: The German Sister Books of the 13th & 14th centuries
Excerpted in "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber
Harper & Row, 1985
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
Fear not tomorrow,
for God is already there.