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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the
commonalities among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities.
However you choose to worship, I hope this site enhances your journey.
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On Today's Theme:
It's this simple: We can't live without water. We are largely made up of
it, and if we are unable to replenish ourselves of it, we die craving it.
For all living things, continuous water equates with life.
And as human spend gestation swimming in amniotic "water,"
so do many
religions use immersion in water as a means to symbolize and demon-
strate being cleansed and reborn on the deepest of spiritual levels.
God, being (not just possessing) Abundance and Love, promises us
ever-flowing, living water that never runs dry; water that washes over
us like nourishing spring rains. He leads us "beside still waters;" He
invites us to drink deeply and often from the well of eternal waters.
- Lisa Bowman
Flow river flow, flow over me.
O living water, poured out for free;
O living water, flow over me.
You shall be mine and I will be your God, for I will wash you clean.
And a new heart, a heart of flesh and feeling,
I will place within you for your heart of stone.
Whoever drinks the water I will give, will never thirst again.
The drink I give is an ever-flowing river,
welling up within you to give eternal life.
"Flow River Flow,"
Hymn Refrain; verse 1; verse 3
Lyrics and music by Bob Hurd
There came a woman of Samar'ia to draw water. Jesus said to
her, "Give me a drink." For his disciples had gone away into the
city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it
that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar'ia?" For
Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her,
"If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you,
'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have
given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have
nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that
living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us
the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his sons, and
his cattle?" Jesus said to her, "Every one who drinks of this water
will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give
him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 4: 7-14
Revised Standard Edition
All the fish needs is to get lost in the water.
All humankind needs is to get lost in the Dao.
Zhuangzi (c. 360 - c. 275 BC)
Famous Chinese philosopher
...and now, The Last Word:
With joy you will draw water at the fountain of
salvation, and say on that day: Give thanks
to the Lord, acclaim his name; among the
nations make known his deeds, proclaim
how exalted is his name.
Isaiah 12: 3
New American Bible
Random Bonus Quote:
You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer