TODAY'S THEME: The Present Moment : Enjoying Life
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   Published 8-20-07
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Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
American Quaker poet and abolitionist


The enjoyment of God above all else is the deepest way that
God's glory is reflected back to him. The enjoyment of God
terminates on God alone and is not performed as a means
to anything else. It is the deepest reverberation in the
heart of man of the value of God's glory.

John Piper (1946-  )
Reformed Baptist minister and author
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Aware that life is available only in the present moment
and that it is possible to live happily in the here and now,
we are committed to training ourselves to live deeply
each moment of daily life. We will try not to lose our-
selves in dispersion or be carried away by regrets
about the past, worries about the future, or craving,
anger, or jealousy in the present. We will practice mind-
ful breathing to come back to what is happening in the
present moment. We are determined to learn the art of
mindful living by touching the wondrous, refreshing,
and healing elements that are inside and around us,
and by nourishing seeds of joy, peace, love, and
understanding in ourselves, thus facilitating the
work of transformation and healing
in our consciousness.

One of 'The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings
of the Order of Interbeing.'
From "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2004


...Man is characterized by a hunger for the infinite,
for an eternity of life, love and joy which, whether
he knows it or not, can be nothing other than God...
those who set their hearts on finite goals are always
discontented; they must always have more and more
and more of what they desire, and failing this are
frustrated and miserable. Profound contentment is only
enjoyed by animals and primitives, in which infinite
hunger has not been awakened, and by the
saints and mystics who have realized
union with God.

Alan Watts (1915-1973)
Philosopher, author, expert in comparative religion


This is another day, O Lord.
I know not what it will bring forth,
but make me ready, Lord, for whatever
it may be. If I am to stand up, help me
to stand bravely. If I am to sit still,
help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie
low, help me to do it patiently.

And if I am to do nothing, let me
do it gallantly. make these words
more than words, and give me
the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

From the Book of Common Prayer, 1979

Life passes on in proximity to the sacred,
and it is this proximity that endows existence
with ultimate significance. In our relation to the
immediate we touch upon the most distant. Even
the satisfaction of physical needs can be a sacred
act. Perhaps the essential message of Judaism is
that in doing the finite we may perceive the infinite.
It is incumbent on us to obtain the perception of
the impossible in the possible, the perception of
life eternal in everyday deeds.

A man alive, a flower blooming in the spring, is a
fulfillment of God's command, "Let there be!"
In living we are directly doing the will of God,
in a way which is beyond choice or decision.
This is why our very existence is contact with
His will; why life is holy and a responsibility
of God as well as man.

The giver of life did not ask us to despise
our brief and poor life but to ennoble it,
not to sacrifice but to sanctify it..

From "Between God and Man:
An Interpretation of Judaism,"
by Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972)
Free Press Paperbacks, 1997

And now, the Last Word:

Take up one idea. Make that one idea
your life - think of it, dream of it, live
on that one idea. Let the brain, muscles,
nerves, every part of your body, be full
of that idea...That is the way spiritual
giants are produced.

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Founder of the Ramakrishna
Order of Monks






























































Bonus quote:

One day your life will flash before your eyes.
Make sure it's worth watching...



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