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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.



Ken Canedo, Book of Matthew, Anonymous, Book of Psalms, Book of Isaiah


Dear Readers,

One of my favorite hymns was sung in church today. It sings of the soul flying to
God as a bird soars through the air. It's impossible to sing it and not feel uplifted. The
story goes that as a young pastor, the composer was driving through the Oakland
Hills and spotted a lone bird against the vast sky. He was totally awestruck and the
words came to him for this song, the lyrics of which are today's first quote.

When we catch the winds of Spirit under our wings, we raise ourselves up, sending
our prayers heavenward. And when we are lifted up from the earth, we are gifted,
graced, really, with a cloud's view of all that is us; all that is real; all that is God.
How can we not feel closer to Him when we are high enough to look back at the
earth and our mortal selves with the ethereal view of our feathered friends?

- Lisa

Photo by Chuck Bowman                            All rights reserved


Fly like a bird to the Lord, my soul.

I want to soar like an eagle.

Though I may journey far away from home,

I know I'll never be alone.

O God, you know who I am.
You know my hopes and my dreams.
In my pondering and fears,
in my joy and in my tears,
O God, your presence is real.

Where can I run from your love?
Where can I hide from my God?
From the dawn of morning's light
to the darkness of the night,
O God, your presence is real.

When I am down and afraid,
when I am falling away,
you extend a gentle hand,
and I know you understand.
O God, your presence is real.

Here is a link to the composer, Ken Canedo, singing the song, if you'd
like to hear the wonderful melody that lends a gentle breeze to his words:
"Fly Like a Bird"

"Fly LIke a Bird,"
Hymn by Ken Canedo
Based on Psalm 139:1-4, 23-24
OCP Publications, 2002


"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food,
and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them..."

Matthew 6:25-26
The Holy Bible
New International Version


Photo by Chuck Bowman             All rights reserved

On Wings of Air

To have Faith -

in the best and highest we know -

is to be borne along,

through the difficulties of life -

as on wings of air.

Unknown, but appreciated, author


We have escaped like a bird
out of the flower's snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 124:7-8
The Holy Bible
New International Version

The Last Word:

Youths may weary and tire and young men may
constantly falter, but those whose hope is in
Hashem will have renewed strength; they will
grow wings like eagles; they will run and not
grow tired, they will walk and not grow weary.

Isaiah 40:30-31
The Stone Edition Tanach










































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things,
literature, music--the world is so rich, simply throbbing
with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting
people. Forget yourself.

Henry Miller (1891-1980)
American novelist and painter