Inspiration for your Day

TODAY'S THEME: God is Not a Cow

 
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Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher than the heavens --
what can you do?
They are deeper than the depths of the grave --
what can you know?
Their measure is longer than the earth
and wider than the sea.

Yet if you devote your heart to him
and stretch out your hands to him,
if you put away the sin that is in your hand
and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
then you will lift up your face without shame;
and you will stand firm and without fear.

You will surely forget your trouble
recalling it only as waters gone by.

Job 11: 7-9,  13-16
The Holy Bible, New International Version

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Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see
a cow and to love him as they love their cow --
they love their cow for the milk and cheese and profit
it makes them. This is how it is with people who love
God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort.
They do not rightly love God when they love him for their
own advantage. Indeed, I tell you the truth, any object you
have on your  mind, however good, will be a barrier
between you and the inmost truth.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)
German theologian, philosopher and mystic

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...My longing is more profound.
The birds want sweet green herbs
and water running by.

I want the infinite! I want wisdom.
These birds want orchards and meadows
and vines with fruit on them.

I want a vast expansion.
The want profit and security
of having enough food.

Remember what the soul wants,
because in that, eternity
is wanting our souls!

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian Sufi poet, jurist and theologian.
His followers founded the "Whirling Dervishes."
From the poem, "Desire and the Importance of Failing,"
translated by Coleman Bark
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When your knees are knocking together,
and you do not know which way to turn ---
think of God and His goodness.

When prosperity seem out of the question ---
give thanks for God's abundance.

When you want peace of mind ---
dwell upon the Presence of God.

When your health is under par ---
speak the healing Word.

When you need inspiration ---
browse through the Bible.

When the situation seems to need a miracle ---
remember that nothing is too difficult for God,
and that He is performing miracles every day.


I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (
Joshua 1:5)

Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox"
by Emmet Fox
HarperSanFrancisco, 1958

 

 

And now the Last Word:

The eye with which I see God is the
same eye with which God sees me.

Meister Eckhart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:

Fundamentally, the marksman aims at  himself.

From "Zen in the Art of Archery"
By Eugen Herrigel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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On today's site:

-Longer the the earth and wider than the sea
(Book of Job)

-Those who love God as their cow
(Eckhart)

-I want the infinite!
(Rumi)

-When your knees are knocking
(Fox)



And the
Last Word:

Meister
Eckhart