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Published 6-4-12   The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rabindranath Tagore, Meerabai, Anonymous, Thomas Merton

Dear Readers,

Sometimes I have trouble concentrating enough to
feel like I'm praying. I think it happens to all of us
and there's a myriad of reasons: too stressed, too
scared, to distractible, too sad, etc. During those
times, think about praising the Divine, even if your
heart isn't "feeling the love." Giving thanks always
cracks open a door through which He can enter.

- Lisa

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O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way of me.
Father in heaven thanks and praise be to you for the night.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
German Lutheran pastor and anti-Hitler activist;
written while awaiting execution by the Nazis


When the heart is hard and parched up,
come upon me with a shower of mercy.

When grace is lost from life,
come with a burst of song.

When tumultuous work raises its din
on all sides shutting me out from beyond,
come to me, my lord of silence,
with thy peace and rest.

When my beggardly heart sits crouched, shut up
in a corner, break open the door, my king,
and come with the ceremony of a king.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Indian poet and philosopher
Winner of Nobel Prize for Literature


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Dear Love, come and grant me Thy vision;
I cannot stay alive without Thee, O Lord.

...What should I say? I have no words to
convey my longing. Pray come, quench
the fire with my heart...

Meerabai (c. 1498 - c. 1547)
Indian Hindu mystical singer


God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.

God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.

God, make me brave; life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.

Author unknown, but appreciated

The Last Word:

I seek you by desiring,
I find you by loving,
I love you by finding.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk, poet, activist




























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

I don't know much about being a millionaire,
but I'll bet I'd be darling at it.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
American poet, critic, satirist



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