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                      Wednesday, July 26, 2006


           I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network
    is an interfaith website. Faith is a precious
    gift that blesses both the individual and our
    society. However you worship, I hope this
    site enhances your journey.
           Please check in daily for a moment or
    two of inspiration. Become part of the
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    Whether therefore ye
    eat  or drink,
    or whatsoever ye do,
    Do all to the glory of God.

          --1 Corinthians 10:31

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    And now, the Last Word:

    Time is short. Eternity is long. It is only reasonable that this
    short life be lived in the light of eternity.

    --C.H. Spurgeon

    At the top of the Home Page:
    --A Pakistani Prayer--seeing God all around us
    --George Herbert, 1 Corinthians, Simon Jacobson
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    --Buddha speaks
    --Speakpage & Archives
    --Religious Headlines
    --What's coming soon to The Religion Network
    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Thomas Merton contemplates the dawn

    And the Last Word: The long & short of it all.



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    we thank you for all your gifts.
    This day, this night,
    These fruits, these flowers,
    these trees, these waters---
    With all these treasures
    you have endowed us.
    The heat of the sun,
    the light of the moon,
    the songs of the birds,
    and the coolness of the breeze,
    The green, green grass
    like a mattress of velvet.
    All owe their existence to your
    Dear God, may we forever breathe
    the breath of your love
    And every moment be aware
    of your presence above.

    ---prayer from Pakistan
    Taken from the book Bless this Food
    by Adrian Butash, Delacorte Press, 1993
Photo by Chuck Bowman

    What's new on the site:

    1. The Speakpage
    The Speakpage is a board
    for comments, stories and
    even questions.
    The current question is:
    Do you think you've ever been
    'touched' by an angel?'

    2. Archives
    By popular demand, you can now go
    back in time and visit (or revisit)
    past home pages. They are listed
    by date and general topic.


    To all else thou has given us,
    O Lord,
    we ask for but one thing more:
    Give us
    grateful hearts.

    George Herbert, 1593-1633
    English poet, orator and priest
    in the Church of England.

    When you look into
    someone's eyes and
    love that person, you
    are transcending the
    physical world and
    connecting to G-d.

    From Toward a Meaningful Life,
    by Simon Jacobson,
    Perennial Currents, 2002
How the valley awakes. At two-fifteen in the
morning there are no sounds except in the
monastery: the bell rings, the office begins.
Outside nothing, except perhaps a bullfrog
saying "Om" in the creek or in the
guesthouse pond. Some nights he is in
Samadhi; there is not even "Om." ...The first
chirps of the waking day birds mark the
"point vierge" of the dawn under a sky as
yet without real light, a moment of awe and
inexpressible innocence, when the Father in
perfect silence opens their eyes. They begin
to speak to Him, not with fluent song, but with an awakening question that is
their dawn state, their state at the "point vierge." Their condition asks if it is time
for them to "be." He answers "yes." Then, they one by one wake up, and
become birds... Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we
do not understand. It is wide open.

Thomas Merton, 1915-1968
An American Trappist monk, Merton was a contemplative writer and poet.
From his book,
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander                                                                   
Photo by Chuck Bowman

    What we are today
    comes from
    our thoughts of yesterday,
    and our present thoughts
    build our life
    of tomorrow:

                                 Our life is the creation of our mind.
DUBLIN, Ireland - Irish archaeologists Tuesday
heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms
by a construction worker who spotted something
while driving the shovel of his backhoe into a bog.

AP Photo of ancient book.
Photo by Chuck Bowman