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Book of Psalms, Rumi, Henry Septimus Sutton


Dear Readers,

Once Divine Light shines into our hearts, we are transformed, bit by bit, joy by joy,
grace by grace. Rarely does it happen like a bolt of lightning; rather, it is a journey.
As we relinquish the old, we are filled with the new. As we look past the mundane,
we better perceive the spiritual. To "dwell in the house of the Lord" is a forever
relationship, as the psalmist says. And once we've really moved into His house,
no other place can appear alluring enough to make us move out again: our
very hearts and flesh will be too busy singing praises to notice.

- Lisa

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How lovely is thy dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at thy altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
ever singing thy praise!

For a day in thy courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house
of my God
than dwell in the the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the man who trusts in thee!

Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition

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The Alchemy of Love

You come to us
from another world

From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Transcendent, Pure,
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love

You transform all
who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns,
troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence,
Bringing joy
to ruler and ruled
To peasant and king

You bewilder us
with your grace.
All evils transform into

You are the master alchemist.

You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.

Through your loving
existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.

Excerpted from "The Love Poems of Rumi,"
Harmony Books, 1998

The Last Word:

How beautiful it is to be alive!
To wake each morn
as if the Maker's grace
Did us afresh from
nothingness derive,
That we might sing
"How happy is our case!
How beautiful it is to be alive!

Henry Septimus Sutton





























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Sometimes I doubt and sometimes I believe.
And I like not making myself believe when I am
doubting, and not making myself doubt when
I am believing. Surely neither God nor
Accident need my consistency.

Hugh Prather (1938 -   )
American author and minister


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