TODAY'S THEME: Beauty in the Night
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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
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I slip out into a star-filled summer night. Alone I look up and pretend the
stars appear only once every hundred years. And tonight is the night!
I begin to see the grandeur of the heavens, the sky jeweled with count-
less twinkling lanterns. In the timeless constellation, I see God's signa-
ture. In the night wind, I feel a touch. In the whisper of leaves, I hear
a song. Just like that, my soul wakes up! Once more, for me,
the universe is crammed with God.

Excerpted from "Firstlight,"
by Sue Monk Kidd
GuidepostsBooks, 2006


Truth rises from the silence of being to the quiet tremendous
presence of the Word. Then, sinking again into silence, the
truth of the words bears us down into the silence of God.

Or rather God rises up out of the sea like a treasure in the
waves, and when language recedes His brightness
remains on the shores of our own being.

Excerpted from "Thoughts in Solitude,"
by Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Farrar-Staus-Giroux, 1958


Bless those who breathe

In the stardust

Of night.

Bless those who rise

At the breaking

Of light.

Let us shine.

Let us shine.

Let us shine.


Peter Markus

Excerpted from "Bedside Prayers,"
by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997

And now, the Last Word:

The eye with which I look at God
is the same eye with which
God looks at me.

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






























Bonus quote:

  Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.  If you love everything,
you will perceive the divine mystery in things...And you will come at
last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (18821-1881)
Russian novelist


On today's
Home Page:

Sue Monk Kidd;
Thomas Merton;
Peter Markus;
Meister Eckhart


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