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Published 3-26-12 - The Religion Network publishes every Monday
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Tzvi Freeman, Book of Psalms, Brett & Penny Kays,
Yogi Bhajan, Wayne Teasdale, Matthew Kelty

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Dear Readers,

You awoke this morning human, meaning you are graced with
creativity, free will and an enormous capacity to love. Living as
a human is both blessing and solemn responsibility. It is not
something to be taken lightly, but it is to be taken with joy!

Though we appear encased in flesh, our souls and minds
stretch heavenward to gently pull it into our mortal realm.
As we make room for the Divine One on earth He smiles,
while the angels cheer us on.

- Lisa

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Why are you afraid? Why do you panic?
Your soul plunged downward to live in an earthly realm,
to enwrap herself in a body of flesh and blood, willingly and with purpose.

What emboldened her? What drew her to squeeze
into the straitjacket of time and space?
It was neither fear, nor dread, nor panic.

It was the knowledge that here below
is a beauty the highest of angels cannot touch.
Care for yourself, for your family, for your
fellow human beings and our lovely planet earth,
not out of fear, nor from distress,
but out of love and awe
for the beauty within
that we came to uncover.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org

 

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When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.



Psalm 8:3-8
New King James Version

 


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A certain speaker started off his seminar by holding up
a $20 bill. "Who would like this $20 bill?" he asked.
Hands started going up throughout the audience.

He said, "I am going to give this $20 bill to one of you,
but first let me do this." He proceeded to crumple up the
bill. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" The same
hands went into the air.

..."What if I do this?" He dropped it on the ground and
started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked
it up, all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?"
Again, hands went into the air.

"...No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it
because it did not decrease in value...Many times in our
lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt
by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come
our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter
what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose
your value in God's eyes. Dirty or clean, crumpled
or finely creased, you are priceless to Him."


Citation: Brett & Penny Kays, Brownstone, Michigan
From "Perfect Illustrations,"
Tyndale House, 2002

 

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When you act as an angel,
you are kind, compassionate,
helpful and true to your word.
-Yogi Bhajan


The Sikh spiritual leader Yogi Bhajan expresses
in a lyrical way a very basic truth about the
holiness of life. We are not angels, nor are we
"earning our wings," but we are capable in our
true nature of being angelic or God-like. When
we are like angels in our capacity to care, to love,
to be kind,and to be always available for others,
we are becoming a new humanity...

Allow your divine, angelic, Buddha-nature to express
itself in your life, being, attitudes, and actions...


Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004



The Last Word:

If God "loves the beautiful warmth of your heart's fire" — and He does —
the angels do, too.  Amen.

Fr. Matthew Kelty
American Trappist monk



 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 








 







 







































 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive. 

David S. Muzzey
American author and historian

 


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