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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary and political pundit, died last week at the age of 53.
I had the honor of hearing him speak at a gathering the night before the National Prayer Breakfast
in Washington, D.C. in 2007. He was a man of remarkable faith and in spite of his health problems,
good humored and exceptionally witty. He was the kind of person who could touch your life even
by casual contact. The country has lost a person of great substance.To honor in some small
way this man who touched my heart that night in D. C., here is how Tony once responded
when asked what spiritual lessons he'd learned from battling cancer a second time.
Typically, he had a humorous take on it. God speed, Tony.
"We want lives of simple, predictable ease - smooth, even trails far
as the eye can see - but God likes to go off-road."
- Tony Snow (1955-2008)
Most of us do not consider our work a personal form of worship. Work
is worldly. Worship is withdrawing from the world to honor Spirit. But
could there be a more beautiful way to honor the Great Creator than
by contributing to the re-creation of the world through our gifts?
...The mystical poet Kahlil Gibran tell us, "When you work, you
fulfill a part of earth's fondest dream assigned to you when
that dream was born."
Fulfilling your part of the earth's fondest dream
occurs when you work from the heart.
Excerpted from "Simple Abundance,"
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Warner Books, 1995
...Our destiny is to be harmonious with what God has chosen for us.
We must get in line -- get in tune -- with what God has planned for us
to be and do. Any note that is dissonant or out of harmony with God's
plan and purpose is a note that is going to jangle nerves and cause dis-
tress to the body... It is going to disrupt, interfere, and be counterproduc-
tive to what God has planned for us and those whose lives we touch.
Our job is to recognize what God has planned for us and what is counter
to His purposes, and then to choose only those things which are
in harmony with God's plan...
Excerpted from "Loved by God,'
by T. D. Jakes
Bethany House, 2000
Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend
yourself on the work before you, well assured
that the right performance of this hour's duties
will be the best preparation for the hours and
ages that will follow it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American philosopher and poet; Transcendentalist
A Morning Meditation
Today let me touch the Earth
with gentle hands
and build anew.
Tomorrow let me remember
that all that I have built
belongs to Earth alone.
let me ask for no other blessing
than the one that God has already given me:
From "Bedside Prayers,"
by June Cotner
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks
equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the
doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.
Phillips Brooks, (1835-1893)
Noted Episcopalian clergyman and author
Christian Workday Prayer
Lord Jesus, as I enter this workplace,
I bring Your presence with me.
I speak Your peace, Your grace, and Your perfect order
into the atmosphere of this office.
I acknowledge Your Lordship over all that will be spoken, thought,
decided and accomplished within these walls.
Lord Jesus, I thank You for the gifts You have deposited in me.
I do not take them lightly, but commit to using them
responsibly and well.
Give me a fresh supply of truth and beauty on which to
draw as I do my job.
Anoint my creativity, my ideas, my energy so that even my
smallest task may bring You honor.
Lord, when I am confused, guide me. When I am weary, energize me.
Lord, when I am burned out, infuse me with the light of Your Holy Spirit.
May the work that I do and the way I do it bring hope, life,
and courage to all that I come in contact with today.
And, oh Lord, even in this day's most stressful moment, may I rest in You.
In the name of Jesus my savior I pray.
And now, the Last Word:
Work is love made visible.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese American poet & philosopher
God receives us just as we are and accepts our prayers
just as they are. In the same way that a small child
cannot draw a bad picture, so a child of God cannot
offer a bad prayer.
Quaker Christian theologian and author
T. D. Jakes;