|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
One of the perks of living in Southern California is that roses bloom
in December. We like to show off our little miracles so much that we
invented the Rose Parade on New Year's Day, just to make the rest
of the country envious. It's not a humble thing to do, just glorious.
Anyway, as I walked the dog this weekend, I paused at a white
picket fence to smell a cream-colored rose. It was just beginning
to unfurl its petals, and they blushed along their edges in demure
anticipation of the beauty they were about to share with the world.
As I inhaled the memory of spring, I was reminded of the egalitarian
nature of nature: just as oak trees shade the young and old alike, so
blossoms perfume the air for all, whether they are rich or poor, tall
or short, kind or evil.
Like God's miraculous love for us, n'est pas?
- Lisa Bowman
Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan...
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey bees busy around the hive
of a summer afternoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining
so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new
moon in spring...
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth
is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same...
What stranger miracles are there?
Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet, journalist, humanist
It was Einstein who said
either nothing is a miracle,
or everything is---
a jagged mountain range,
lilacs in bloom,
a peacock unfurled,
sun on your arm,
the touch of a stranger.
Take your pick: be surprised
by nothing at all,
or by everything that is.
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story
which is written across the whole world in letters too large
for some of us to see.
C . S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish academic, writer, Christian apologist
You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.
Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its
own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
Paulo Coelho (1947 - )
Brazilian lyricist and novelist
...and now, The Last Word:
I can see how it might be possible for a man to
look down upon the earth and be an atheist,
but I cannot conceive how he could look up
into the heavens and say there is no God.
16th President of the United States
Random Bonus Quote:
In wilderness I sense the miracle of life,
and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974)
Pioneering American aviator