TODAY'S THEME: What's Your Portion?
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Then the Lord said to Aaron, "You shall not have any heritage
in the land of the Israelites nor hold any portion among them;
I will be your portion and your heritage among them."

Numbers 18: 20
New American Bible


When the Lord divided Canaan among the tribes of Israel,
Levi received no share of the land. God said to him simply,
"I am thy part and thine inheritance," and by those words
made him richer than all his brethren, richer than all kings
and rajas who have ever lived in the world. And there
is a spiritual principle here, a principle still valid
for every priest of the Most High God.

The man who has God for his treasure has all things in one.
Most ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed
to have them, the enjoyment of them will be tempered that they
will never be necessary for his happiness. Or if he must see
them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss,
for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfac-
tion, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has
actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and
he has it purely, legitimately and forever.

A.W. Tozier (1897-1963)
Pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church; author

Let me not wander in vain.
Let me not labor in vain.
Let me not mingle with the prejudiced.
Let me not leave the company of the virtuous.
Let me not fly into anger.
Let me not stray off the path of goodness.
Let me not seek for this day or for the morrow.
Give me such wealth, O Almighty!

Pattinar (10th century southern Indian poet)
Sacred poetry of the Tamil Siddha Hindu religion


My Thoughts Asked Me

My thoughts asked me in wonder:
where are you rushing
like the heavenly spheres?
To the God of my life,
my desire's desire,
whom my soul and flesh
long to be near.
My joy is all in my portion and Maker,
the thought of whom brings me
disquiet's reward:
How could song please
my soul till it praises
the Name of the
Lord of Lords?

Solomon Gabirol (c. 1021 - c. 1058)
Andalucian Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher
Excerpted from "Selected Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol,"
Princeton University Press

As physical taste and hunger may often be mistaken
as to their true object, desiring nothing but caviar
instead of a balanced diet, man is often mistaken
as to the goal of his life, desiring wealth, power, or
physical pleasure instead of God. But his real appetite
continues to be God, for which these lesser goals are
always unsatisfactory substitutes...Profound content-
ment is only enjoyed by animals and primitives,
in which infinite hunger has not been awakened,
and by the saints and mystics who have
realized union with God.

Alan Watts (1915-1973)
Philosopher, writer and speaker
From "Behold the Spirit"

And now, the Last Word:

It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine
Pure Peace is thine
Whate'er betide.

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist


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Bonus quote:

If you don't get everything you want,
of the things you don't get that you don't want.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Irish playwright, novelist, poet and author


On today's
Home Page:

Book of Numbers
A. W. Tozier;
Solomon Gabirol;
Alan Watts;
Mary Baker Eddy