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                       Weekend Edition, July 21, 2006
                                                     

    WELCOME!                                    

           I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network
    is an interfaith website. Faith is a precious
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    God's creative power          
      

    IN THE beginning God created the heaven and
    the earth.

    Now the earth was unformed and void, and
    darkness was upon the face of the deep; and
    the spirit of God hovered over the face of the
    waters.

    And God said: 'Let there be light' And there was
    light.

    And God saw the light, that it was good; and
    God divided the light from the darkness.

    And God called the light Day, and the darkness
    He called Night And there was evening and
    there was morning, one day.

    And God said: 'Let there be a firmament in the
    midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters
    from the waters'.

    And God made the firmament, and divided the
    waters which were under the firmament from the
    waters which were above the firmament; and it
    was so.

    And God called the firmament Heaven And there
    was evening and there was morning, a second
    day.

    And God said: 'Let the waters under the heaven
    be gathered together unto one place, and let the
    dry land appear' And it was so.

    And God called the dry land Earth, and the
    gathering together of the waters called He Seas;
    and God saw that it was good.

    And God said: 'Let the earth put forth grass, herb yielding seed, and fruit-tree bearing fruit after its kind, wherein is
    the seed thereof, upon the earth' And it was so.

    And the earth brought forth grass, herb yielding seed after its kind, and tree bearing fruit, wherein is the seed
    thereof, after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

    And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.

    And God said: 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be
    for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give
    light upon the earth' And it was so.

    And God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the
    stars.

    And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the
    night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.

    And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

    And God said: 'Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let fowl fly above the earth in the open
    firmament of heaven'.

    And God created the great sea-monsters, and every living creature that creepeth, wherewith the waters swarmed,
    after its kind, and every winged fowl after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

    And God blessed them, saying: 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the
    earth'.

    And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.



    ---From the First Book of Genesis


    This is the text of the public domain 1917 Jewish Publication Societies' English translation of the Jewish Bible, the Tanach.



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    And now, the Last Word:

    Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God
    bursts through everywhere.

    --Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882
    Son of a Unitarian minister, Emerson formulated and articulated the philosophy of Transcendentalism.
Angel
Giovanni Amadeo, c. 1470
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

From 'Canticle of Brother Sun'
St. Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226


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