Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
Let us tread upon this day lightly, walking through it with open hands,
that God might place into them the good things He longs to give us.
May we reach out to others with strong hands, hands full of hope that
share that hope as freely and generously as it was given to us.
when bumps in the road catch us off guard and we trip, may our hands
quickly reach upwards to grasp the mighty arm of the Lord.
If we do all
this, our hands will fashion this day into a beautiful day, a day suitable
as a worthy and joyous offering to our Most Gracious God.
Photo by Chuck Bowman All rights reserved
SONNET TO MORNING
Let me unwrap the gift of this new day
And view its contents as an innocent child
Accepts the world: with eyes that see the way
To sun beyond dark clouds, where skies are mild;
With voice that lifts in prayer, as birds praise dawn;
With hands that touch each miracle, in awe
Of budding leaves or flowers on a lawn
Or furry friends with hoof and horn and paw.
Lead me along a path where I will find
In all the precious hours that stretch before,
The chance to help, to listen, to be kind;
To heal the wounds that make the world heartsore.
Oh, let me fill each second so that I
May greet the day with an appreciative eye.
From "Bedside Prayers,"
by June Cotner
The master observes the world but trusts
his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.
Tao Te Ching
(The Book of the Way)
Classic Chinese text
...The immense difference between hope and wishes comes out in the
remarks of a student who wrote: "I see hope as an attitude where everything
stays open before me. Not that I don't think of my future in those moments,
but I think of it in an entirely different way. Daring to stay open to whatever
will come to me today, tomorrow, two months from now -- that is hope. To
go fearlessly into things without knowing how they'll turn out, to keep on
going even when some thing doesn't work the first time, to have trust
in whatever you're doing -- that is living with hope."
Excerpted from "With Open Hands,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Ave Maria Press, 1972
I find in you, Lord, in all Things
and in all my fellow creatures,
pulsing with your life;
as a tiny seed you sleep
in what is small
and in the vast you
vastly yield yourself.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
One of German language's 20th century greatest poets
The Last Word:
You, whose day it is,
make it beautiful. Get out your
rainbow colors, so it will be beautiful.
Nuu-chah-nulth (Indigenous people of Canada) song
Random Bonus Quote:
The endless road is the only one worth traveling.
Modern Sufi saying
Tao Te Ching;