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TODAY'S THEME: Kindness

 

 
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WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.

The Lord sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You,
and You give them their food in due time.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.

Psalm 145: 8-9, 14-17
New American Standard Bible

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Following his release from imprisonment on Kislev 19, 5559, (1798), an event which marked the Chassidic movement's decisive victory over its opponents, Rabbi Schneur Zalman sent a letter to his followers. The letter begins by quoting the verse in which Jacob says to G-d, "I am diminished by all the kindnesses...You have shown your servant." (Genesis 32:11). "The meaning of this," explains Rabbi Schneur Zalman, "is that every kindness bestowed by G-d upon a person should cause him to be exceedingly humble. For a (Divine) kindness is (an expression of)...'His right hand does embrace me' (Song of Songs 2:6) -- G-d is literally bringing the person close to Himself, far more intensely than before. And the closer a person is to G-d...the greater the humility this should evoke in him...

The letter concludes: "Therefore, I come with a great call to all our community regarding the many kindnesses which G-d has exceedingly shown us: Assume the attribute of Jacob...do not feel yourselves superior to your brethren...do not give free rein to your mouths regarding them...Only humble your spirits and hearts with the truth of Jacob..."

Taken from "Twenty-eight Teachings from Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi"
Courtesy of www.chabad.org
Rabbi Zalman (1745-1812) was the founder of Orthodox Judaism's Chabad branch

 




My religion is kindness...
I'd rather be kind than right...
You can always be kind.

Tenzin Gyatso, (born 1935)
The 14th Dalai Lama


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The highest wisdom is kindness.

Berakot, 17A (Jewish tradition)

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He stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the oldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you;
go, and do not sin again."

John 8: 7-11
The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version

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God is not a private God. The God who dwells in our inner sanctuary is also the God who dwells in the inner sanctuary
of each human being. As we recognize God's presence in our own hearts, we can also recognize that presence in the hearts of others, because the God who has chosen us as a dwelling-place gives us the eyes to see the God who dwells in others. When we
see only demons within ourselves, we can see only demons in others, but when we see God within ourselves, we can see God
also in others.

Excerpted from "The Dance of Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Ave Maria Press, 2005

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** From time to time I print portions of the communications from
John Robb of World Vision. The organization spends much time
and effort in prayer for the world. They strive mightily to do
great kindnesses. You may choose to respond to their prayer requests.
-Lisa Bowman

Dear Friends,

This week you may have watched the disturbing scenes of violent clashes in the streets of Beirut, Lebanon between the Hezbollah-backed opposition and the Western-supported, anti-Syrian government. Some fear that the nation could slide back into the kind of strife that led to 15 years of civil war. Please pray that there will be a decrease in tensions, break in the deadlock between the two sides, and serious reconciliation talks that will restore peace and stability to this beautiful Mediterranean nation.

February 1st will be the beginning of the special prayer initiative for Darfur. An urgent message from the leaders asks us to pray for the granting of the travel permits for the team to go from Khartoum to Darfur where the initiative will be held. Please pray for favor with the authorities, the speedy granting of the permits and for all the arrangements for the initiative to be carried out in a well-organized manner. We need the Lord’s breakthrough for the healing of this awful conflict. Nearly four years of fighting in Darfur has killed some 200,000 people. More than two million people have been displaced.

I would deeply value your prayers for World Vision as we transition to a new organizational and management structure over the next few months. How we need God’s wisdom and direction for this large and growing organization that wants to be
a more effective instrument to serve the poor and bear witness to the Good News of the Kingdom of God. World Vision has doubled in size and revenue in the last five years. It now employs more than 23,000 staff and uses more than $2 billion per year in funding in the almost 100 nations where it is operating. Please pray for God’s special guidance and that above all we will be faithful to Christ’s calling and mission for World Vision.

Thanks so much for your faith-filled prayers that make such a vital difference in our hurting world.

Warm greetings,
John Robb

 

 

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And now, the Last Word:


You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Anonymous, but I wish I'd said it.


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus quote:
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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On today's site:

-Kind in all his deeds
(Psalm 145)

-Humility and kindness
(Rabbi Zalman)

-My religion is kindness
(Dalai Lama)

-The highest wisdom
(Berakot)


-Jesus does not condemn the adulteress
(John 8)

-He is not a private God
(Nouwen)

-Prayer requests from John Robb of World Vision


And The Last Word:
Anonymous