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Published 6-6-11     The Religion Network publishes every Monday

John Shelby Spong, Book of Matthew, Lama Surya Das, Lisa Bowman, Muhammad al-Taqi


Dear Readers,

I picked up some straw flower plants to add to my garden.
Shame on me, I neglected to check the bottom of the pots
to see if they were root bound. When I tried to remove the
first one from its plastic home, I discovered roots packed in
endless circles, desperately trying to find their way to free-
dom and nourishment. It was nearly impossible to "massage
the root ball" as we're supposed to do before planting. I did
what I could, but I was concerned about killing the plant if
I roughly ripped apart the entangled roots.

When anxiety packs our nerves into tight circles, it's not
as easy for Divine Love to massage us toward new growth.
As the saying goes, "Let go and let God."

- Lisa

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Gracious God,
Send us anywhere in this world
You would have us go
Only go thou with us.

Place upon us any burden You desire
Only stand by us to sustain us.

Break any tie that binds us
Except the tie that binds us to thee.

John Shelby Spong (1931 -   )
Christian theologian, author


"Come to me, all who labor
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me;
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Matthew 11:28-30
Revised Standard Edition


You may feel far from It,
but rest assured
It is never far from you.

Lama Surya Das (1950 -    )
American born Tibetan Buddhist author

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As we release our conscious mind in sweet surrender to the
dark of sleep each night, we can ask God to gently empty our
souls of the anxiety, stress and anger we have poured into it
during that day. Then the angels who have walked the day at
our side are given leave to scrape away the earthly grime that
sullies our souls. When we awake the next morning, it is to a
newly created universe, for God's creativity is a joyous continuum
of ongoing renewal. As He breathes fresh consciousness into us
with the dawn, we are asked to think of Him with covered lips
and uncovered hearts. Aware of our rebirth, we may ask Him to
write upon our hearts each new day, until His Will and Love be-
come so deeply embedded in it that one morning our hearts,
now fully consecrated to Him, cry out with aching rapture,
"I love you, Lord!" And in blissful helplessness we will reflect
Love back to Him in heaven, its leaping radiance flooding
with Light the shadows that have darkened our lives.

Lisa Bowman
Founder of The Religion Network



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.

Muhammad al-Taqi (circa 811-835)
Ninth of "The Twelve Imams"

The Last Word:

In life, as in golf, your grip
determines how you play.

Lama Surya Das (1950 -  )
American Buddhist author, poet

























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Grace is getting something you don't deserve;
mercy is not getting something that you do deserve.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
English philosopher and statesman;
delineator of the "observation and experimentation theory



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