TODAY'S THEME: Times of Struggle
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For the Lord's portion is His people;
Jacob is the place of His inheritance.

He found him in a desert land
And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled him, He instructed him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.

As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,

So the Lord alone led him,
And there was no foreign god with him.

Deuteronomy 32: 9-12
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


I will not fear, for You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me to face
my perils alone.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Influential Catholic author and Trappist monk

Just like a blind man
Discovering a jewel in a heap of trash,
Likewise by some coincidence
I have found the enlightenment spirit within me...

It is the universal bridge
That frees beings from wretched lives,
It is the rising moon of the mind
That dispels the torment of addictions.

It is the great sun that burns away
The misty ignorance of the world;
It is the quintessential butter
From the churning of the milk of Dharma.

For all guests traveling the path of life
Who wish to experience the true happiness,
This spirit will satisfy them with joy
And exalt them in the highest bliss...

A portion of "Shantideva's Bodhisattva Vow"
Excerpted from "Essential Tibetan Buddhism,"
by Robert A. F. Thurman
Castle Books, 1995


When you encounter difficulties and contradictions,
do not try to break them,
But bend them with gentleness and time.

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Bishop of Geneva


Barn's burnt down --
I can see the moon.

Mizuta Mashide (1657-1723)
Samuri and disciple of the great poet Basho
His barn really did burn down - in 1688.

There's no such thing as defeat.

There's always another chance. To believe in defeat
is to believe that there is something, a certain point
in time that did not come from Above.

Know that G-d doesn't have failures. If things appear
to worsen, it is only as part of them getting better.
We only fall down in order to bounce back even higher.

The Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Last Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of


For thus said the exalted and uplifted One,
Who abides forever and Whose Name is holy;
I abide in exaltedness and holiness, but I am with
the despondent and lowly of spirit, to revive the spirit
of the lowly and to revive the heart of the despondent.

I create of the speech of the lips: 'Peace, peace, for
the far and near,' said Hashem, 'and I will heal him.'

Isaiah 57: 15, 19
The Stone Edition Tanach

And now, the Last Word:

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments,
seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful
moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

Author unknown



























Bonus quote:

Don't worry about the world coming to an end.
It is already tomorrow in Australia.

Charles Schultz
Creator of "Peanuts"


On today's
Home Page:

Book of Deuteronomy;
Thomas Merton;
Tibetan Buddhist prayer;
St. Francis de Sales;
The Rebbe;
Book of Isaiah



Yesterday's site:
Enjoying the World Aright