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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. However
you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let us meet regularly and build
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We give thanks for the darkness of the night where
lies the world of dreams. Guide us closer to our dreams
so that we may be nourished by them. Give us good dreams
and memory of them so that we may carry their poetry and
mystery into our daily lives.
Grant us deep and restful sleep that we may wake
refreshed with strength enough to renew a world
We give thanks for the inspiration of stars, the dignity
of the moon and the lullabies of crickets and frogs.
Let us restore the night and reclaim it as a sanctuary
of peace, where silence shall be music to our hearts
and darkness shall throw light upon our souls.
Michael Leunig (1945- )
If a man wishes to be sure of the road he
treads on, he must close his eyes
and walk in the dark.
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Doctor of mystic theology
When the spent sun throws up its rays on cloud
and goes down burning unto the gulf below,
No voice in nature is heard to cry aloud
at what has happened. Birds, at least, must know
It is the change to darkness in the sky.
Murmuring something quiet in her breast,
One bird begins to close a faded eye;
Or overtaken too far from his nest,
Hurrying low above the grove, some waif
Swoops just in time to his remembered tree.
At most he thinks or twitters softly, "Safe!"
"Now let the night be dark for all of me.
Let the night be too dark for me to see
Into the future. Let what will be, be."
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Prominent American poet;
winner of four Pulitzer Prizes
Often we want to be able to see into the future. We say,
"How will next year be for me? Where will I be five or
ten years from now?" There are no answers to these
questions. Mostly we have just enough light to see the
next step: what have to do in the coming hour, or the
following day. The art of living is to enjoy what we can
see and not complain about what remains in the dark.
When we are able to take the next step with the trust
that we will have enough light for the step that follows,
we can walk through life with joy and be surprised
at how far we go. Let's rejoice in the little light
we carry and not ask for the great beam that
would take all shadows away.
Henri J. N. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest; author of over 40 books
From "The Dance of Life,"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
Surrender to the Unknown
Sleep is a surrender
A turning in to mystery
An abandonment to dreams undisclosed
My yielding to Your knowing
A turning toward the mystic
When I fold back the sheets
I am folding all my being into Yours
And so am beginning to Be; anew;
Morning is in Your hands.
Gail McCoig Blanton
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
In the stillness of the night,
out of the depth of my heart I will cry:
"Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth."
Paramahansa Yogananda (1898-1952)
And now, the Last Word:
I will both lay me down in peace,
and sleep: for thou, Lord, only
makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4: 8
The Holy Bible
King James Version
Thus shall ye think of all
this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightning in a
A flickering lamp, a
phantom, and a dream.
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