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:
Book of Psalms, Barbara Crafton, Book of Luke, C. S. Lewis
I tried not to honk my horn. Really. Because I knew if I did, it would send
out a wave of impatience and unkindness that would ripple further than
I would ever want it to. But the left turn arrow had been green for a while
and the car at the head of the line hadn't moved.
I was four cars back
and I really wanted to make the light because...well, you can insert here
the rationalizations I was making on your own...because I honked the horn.
But as I stepped on the gas to get through the intersection, I was struck
by a horrible thought: what if God honked the horn every time we messed
up? How stupid would I have felt if God had pointed out to everyone within
earshot that Lisa had lost her patience? Of course, He didn't have to, be-
cause I'd already made that apparent to those around me! But I was so
grateful to realize that our Lord watches us err in deep, quiet, gracious
silence. And He forgives us before we're done saying "I'm sorry." He
forgives quietly, no matter how many times we are "repeat offenders."
Thank you, Lord, for not honking the horn when I doze off!
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Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord!
Lord, hear my voice!
Let thy ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
It's never too late. You can't screw up so badly that God can't find
something worth building in the wreckage, that life can't
assert its return when it is time.
Episcopal priest and author
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And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned
that (Jesus) was sitting at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an
alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet,
weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them
with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed the with
the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he
said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who
and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner."
And Jesus answering said to him..."A certain creditor had two debtors;
one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not
pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?"
Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more."
And he said to him, "You have judged rightly."
Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon...
"Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven,
for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."
And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
Luke 7:37-39, 40-43, 47-48
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
The Last Word:
I think that if God forgives us
we must forgive ourselves.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Novelist, Christian theologian
Random Bonus Quote:
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell, Commissioner,
US Office of Patents, 1899