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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:
I loved Advent calendars as a child, although it might have been just a
response to the little chocolates behind each paper window and the glitter
glued onto the painted snow.
And although I've spent time contemplating
chocolate throughout my life, only recently have I given much thought to the
meaning of the word advent: the arrival of something very, very important.
Our lives are one mondo Advent. As we look for God in in our hearts, we also
ask Him to see us. It's an advent dance. He arrives before we ask, yet we
must ask for Him to arrive, and we ask because He has already arrived.
It's a dance of longing between the Divine and the Divinely made. The
sense of longing is the fiber optic cable carrying Divinity into our hearts.
So as we thirst in a parched land, we feel assured that our thirst is the
very longing that invites He who is already in hearts, to live there.
- Lisa Bowman
O God, you are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
The Holy Bible
New King James Version
Dear Love, come and grant me Thy vision;
I cannot stay alive, away from Thee, O Lord...
What should I say? I have not words to convey my longing.
Pray come, quench the fire within my heart.
Mira Bai (1498-1547)
Indian Hindu mystic poet
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
The Holy Bible
New International Version
To meet the fountain of the life of truth I run, for I weary of a life
of vanity and emptiness. To see the face of my King is mine only
aim; I will fear none but Him, nor set up any other to be feared.
Would that it were mine to see Him in a dream! I would sleep an
everlasting sleep and never wake. Would that I might behold His
face within my heart! Mine eyes would never ask to look beyond.
Yehudah Halevi (c. 1075-1141)
Spanish Jewish philosopher and poet
"The Heaven of Angels"
Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace,
which briefly stated means this, that before a man can seek
God, God must first have sought the man. Before a sinful man
can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work
of enlightenment done within him, imperfect it may be, but a
true work, nonetheless, and the secret cause of all desiring
and seeking and praying which may follow.
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an
urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. 'No man can come
to me,' said our Lord, 'except the Father which hath sent me draw
him,' and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from
us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to
pursue God originate with God, but the outworking of that impulse
is our following hard after him, and all the time we are pursuing
Him we are already in His hand. 'Thy right hand upholdeth me.'
In this divine 'upholding' and human 'following' there is no
contradiction. All is of God, for an von Hugel teaches,
God is always previous.
A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)
Pastor, editor and author
...and now, The Last Word:
I seek you by desiring,
I find you by loving,
I love you by finding.
St. Anselm (1033-1109)
Archbishop of Canterbury
Random Bonus Quote:
Patience will bring the snail to Jerusalem.