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Dear Readers,

It wasn't until I began putting up today's quotes that I began to understand why I kept
having the urge to use them. I'd been resisting it because I wanted this site to have a
New Year's theme, and I couldn't see how these quotes related. Yet each time I men-
tally suggested to the powers that be that I go in a different direction, I got a clear "no"
for an answer. So I began typing these in and when I got to the part of I Kings that says
the widow and her son were fed for a full year, I finally understood. Today's message
is that God will care for all of us, for all of next year. And even though this care will be
divinely miraculous, it may appear to us to come from absolutely mundane sources.
But for those who see God's hand in their daily lives; in everything they encounter;
in everyone they meet, 2010 will be a year full of God's mysterious goodness.

Happy Divine Year!!!

- Lisa

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"Almond Blossom"     Vincent Van Gogh

(Elijah) arose and went to Zarephath and arrived at the entrance to the
city. Behold, a widow was gathering wood there; he called to her and said,
"Please fetch me some water in a vessel, that I may drink." She went to
get it, and he called to her, saying, "Please fetch me (also) a piece of bread
in your hand." She said, "As Hashem, your God, lives, (I swear that) I have
not so much as a cookie, but only a handful of flour in a jug, and a bit of oil
in a cruse. Behold, I am gathering two pieces of wood; then I will go and
prepare it for myself and my son. We will eat it and then we will die."

But Elijah said to her, "Fear not! Go and do as you have said; but first
prepare a small cake from it for me, and bring it out to me. And pre-
pare for yourself and your son, afterward. For thus said Hashem, God of
Israel: The jug of of flour shall not run out and the flask of oil shall not
lack, until the day that Hashem provides rain upon the face of the earth."

She went and did according to the word of Elijah; and she ate - she and he
and her household - for a year. The jug of flour did not run out and the
cruse of oil did not lack, in accordance with the word of Hashem,
which He had spoken through Elijah.

I Kings 17:10-15
The Stone Edition Tanach


If the human eye were allowed to see the spiritual vitality
flowing from the utterance of G-d's mouth into every
creation, we would not see the materiality, grossness
and tangibility of the creation, for it would be
utterly nullified in relation to this
divine life-force.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812)
Russian Rabbi and author; Founder of Chabad

Ando Hiroshige          "Untitled"


Those who have abandoned themselves to God always lead mysterious lives
and receive from him exceptional and miraculous gifts by means of the most
ordinary, natural and chance experiences in which there appears to be nothing
unusual. The simplest sermon, the most banal conversations, the least erudite
books become a source of knowledge and wisdom to these souls by virtue of
God's purpose. This is why they carefully pick up the crumbs which clever
minds tread under foot, for to them everything is precious and a source
of enrichment. They exist in a state of total impartiality, neglecting
nothing, respecting and making use of everything.

When God exists in all things, our enjoyment of his word is not
of this earth, it is a delight in his gifts which are transmitted
through many different channels...

Excerpted from "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1765-1751)
HarperSanFrancisco, 1966

The Last Word:

Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you -- the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the
air, and all green things that live.

You have set the powers of the four quarters of the earth to cross each other. You have made me cross the good road and road of difficulties, and where they cross, the place is holy. Day in, day out, forevermore, you are the life of things.

Black Elk (1863-1950)
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Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have,
and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
American poet; winner of three Pulitzer Prizes


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