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Thursday, July 27, 2006
--Matthew 11: an easing of burdens
--A thought about letting go of anxiety
Midway down the page:
--A Muslim prayer to release worry
--Speakpage & Archives
--Religious Headline: A Bible of Aussie slang?
--New features on The Religion Network
For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
--The Story of the Quilt
And the Last Word:
Francis Bacon is sooo right.
New on The Religion Network:
'Strine' slang Bible a hit
in secular Australia
by Nick Squires
Christian Science Monitor, July 26, 2006
Sydney, Australia – "Out of the blue
God knocked up the whole bang lot....
God said 'let's have some light' and
bingo - light appeared."
So opens the new second volume in
the popular "Aussie Bible" series...
O HE WHO IS SUFFICIENT FROM ALL THINGS
BUT NOTHING IS SUFFICIENT FROM HIM
BE SUFFICIENT FOR ME IN WHAT WORRIES ME IN THE STATE I AM.
--Imam Taqi Al Jawad(as)
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we can ask God to gently empty our soul of the anxiety, stress and anger we have poured
upon it during the day. Then the angels who have walked our day with us are given
leave to scrape away the earthly grime. When we awake the next morning, it is to a newly
created universe, for God's creativity is a joyous continuum. As He breathes fresh conscious-
ness into us with the dawn, we are asked to think of Him with covered lips and uncovered heart.
Thus aware of our state of emptiness, we may ask Him to write on our heart that day, and each
day, until His will and His love become so deeply embedded upon it, that one morning our heart,
now fully consecrated to Him, cries out with aching rapture, "I love you, Lord!" And in that blissful
helplessness, we reflect His love back up to Him in heaven, and its leaping radiance will light the
shadows that previously held us hostage..
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all
the other souls. Before each of us lay our lives like the squares of a quilt in
many piles. An Angel sat before each of us, sewing our quilt squares together
into the tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the
pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled
with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been
difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw
hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all. I glanced around
me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the
other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune.
I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged
pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally the time
came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth.
The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had
been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to
the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life,
and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false
accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many
times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the
strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer,
asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which
I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not
melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for
what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life An awe-filled
gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating
an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love
in His eyes. He said, "Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life,
My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped
aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you."
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.
--author unknown, but appreciated
and mercy is not getting something that you do deserve.
An English philosopher, statesman and essayist, Bacon is best known for leading the scientific revolution
with his 'observation and experimentation' theory. Scientific study has been conducted using this method