Bonus quote: The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the
worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the
prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
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Bonus Quote: Youth - full of grace, force,
fascination! Do you know that Old Age may
come after you, with equal grace, force,
fascination?

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet
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Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness
as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

For yet a little while and the wicked shall
be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.

The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.

The steps of a good man are ordered
by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast
down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.

Psalm 37: 5-6, 10,18, 23-24, 29
Holy Bible, New King James Version
In our day heaven and earth are on tiptoe waiting for the emergence of a Spirit-led,
Spirit-intoxicated, Spirit-empowered people. All of creation watches expectantly for the
springing up of a disciplined, freely gathered, martyr people who know in this life the
life and power of the kingdom of God. It has happened before. It can happen again.

From "Seeking the Kingdom" by Richard J. Foster
HarperSanFrancisco, 1995
The Weekend Edition
"Road to Reconciliation with China: In the 19th century various Western countries were responsible for the
two Opium Wars in China which cultivated the breeding ground for the Taiping Revolution - the bloodiest
of Chinese history - and culminated into the Boxer Revolution. These events have up to this day left deep
negative impressions in the minds of the People of China, who have never forgotten how some
Westerners took advantage of their country for their own economic benefit. Through the "Road to
Reconciliation", up to fifty political and spiritual leaders and businessmen from the West propose to travel
to China in October 2008 to present their apologies to senior Chinese officials for the harm their
countrymen have caused to the People of China. Talks are now ongoing with Chinese officials. An official
response is expected for December 2006. Please pray for wisdom and sensitivity in the exchanges and
that this initiative bring brings a true message of reconciliation to the Chinese.

Also, please keep the Europe Prayer Summit in your prayers. It begins Friday, December 1, with 80-90
prayer leaders from many of the region's nations including Russia. Pray for travel mercies and for His
anointing and protection for the organizers and the participants.

The assassination of a key government leader has caused serious instability for the nation of Lebanon
still trying to recover from its recent conflict with Israel. One of my World Vision colleagues writes: "The
political situation is extremely tense and complicated... The ongoing instability leads to further
hopelessness in society and deterioration of the economy. We need your prayers as we continue to
serve throughout the country." We have also been asked to keep the rest of the Middle East region and
its churches in special prayer and fasting given the situations in Iraq, Iran, and Israel and the West Bank.
Let's pray for this troubled region over the coming weeks as we honor the birth of the Prince of Peace who
was born and lived his earthly life in this same region. May His peace be upon this tumultuous area of our
world!"

--from John Robb
My dear readers,
Occasionally, I pass along to you some messages from John Robb, who works for World Vision. He is deeply involved
in prayer for the international community. I encourage those of you who wish to be informed on specific events in the
world that need your prayerful support to read the following excerpts and hold them in your heart.    --Lisa
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A city child was spending his vacation
on a farm. They showed him a hen
sitting on a nest of eggs, and told him
that some day a little chicken would
come out of each egg. The child was
delighted at this dramatic idea, and
every morning he went around
expecting to see the miracle.

Days passed, and nothing happened.
And gradually his faith waned. At last
one day he told himself bitterly that he
had been deceived.

Next day, however, from habit he went
around to the nest as usual, but without
any hope; and behold, what was his joy to see a flock of little chickens running about.

Of course, wonderful changes had been taking place all the time, behind the shells, but there was
nothing to show for it until the very last moment...

In this story it was the spectator who lost faith, and so it did not matter. If the mother hen had lost her
faith --- well, there would have been no chickens...

Emmet Fox (1886-1951)
Famous spiritual leader of the early 20th century; a large influence on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous
From "Around the Year with Emmet Fox"
HarperSanFrancisco
Too often, we try to gain a clear perspective before it is time.

That will make us crazy.

We do not always know why things are happening the way they are...

Let it go. We can let go of our need to figure things out, to feel in control...

In hindsight, we will know It will become clear. For today, being is enough. We have been told that all
things shall work our for good in our life. We can trust that to happen, even if we cannot see the
place today's events will hold in the larger picture.

From "The Language of Letting Go"
by Melodie Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990
The Story of the Chickens
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If we do not stand firmly in the present
moment, we may feel ungrounded when
we look at the future...

The best way of preparing for the future
is to take good care of the present, because
we know that if the present is made up of
the past, then the future will be made up
of the present. All we need to be
responsible for is the present moment.
Only the present is within our reach. To
care for the present is to care for the
future...

Buddhahood, liberation, awakening, peace,
joy, and happiness can only be found in the
present moment. The place of our
appointment is right here, in this very
place.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926)
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk; teacher, author,
peace activist
Take care of each moment and you take care of all time.

The Buddha (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)
India
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