Inspiration for Your Day

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WELCOME! 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.
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I was cast upon You from birth, from my
mother's womb You have been my God.

Be not aloof from me for distress is near,
for there is none to help.

I am poured out like water, and all my
bones became disjointed; my heart is like
wax, melted within my innards.

But You, Hashem, be not far. O my
Strength, hasten to my assistance!

I will proclaim Your Name to my brethren;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.

My eyes are constantly toward Hashem, for He
will remove my feet from the snare. Turn to me
and show me favor, for I am alone and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart have broadened,
release me from my distresses.

Protect my soul and rescue me; let me not be
ashamed, for I take refuge in You.

Psalm 22: 11-12, 15, 20, 23
Psalm 25: 15-17, 20
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, 2004


Prayer brings a person to a new birth,
as it were. Its power is so great that
nothing, no degree of suffering, will
stand against it.

From "The Way of a Pilgrim"
19th century anonymous Russian book
from the Orthodox Christian tradition

(A) component in easing pain is, paradoxically,
accepting it with joy. You must be willing to
release its inner good by making peace with
your soul and with G-d. And you must remember
that pain is an opportunity for growth -- a chance
to review your conduct, to pause and examine
your busy life for the source of such pain. You
must recognize that pain can cleanse you, just
as a mother swabs her child's cut with alcohol.
Surely she does not wish to cause further pain,
but she knows it is necessary to properly
heal the wound.

It is important that you see pain as a test that
examines how consumed you are with material
comfort as opposed to spiritual growth.

From  "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2004

A Healing Prayer

In silence now
I open my mind,
my heart and spirit
to God, who is ever
the One Healer.

O God, let love
erase imperfection.
Let peace soothe
every nerve.
Let joy re-energize
my whole body.

In silence now
I let go and let
the total perfection
that is God be
the total truth
of my whole being
at this very moment
and for always.

Elizabeth Searle Lamb
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998


And now, the Last Word:

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over,
it became a butterfly.

















































Bonus Quote:
As soon as the waves have stopped and the lake
has become quiet, we see its bottom. So with the mind,
when it is calm, we see what our nature is.

Swami Vivekananda
19th century Indian guru



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