Inspiration for Your Day

TODAY'S THEME: MAKING TODAY BEAUTIFUL

 
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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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SONNET TO MORNING

Let me unwrap the gift of this new day
And view its contents as an innocent child
Accepts the world: with eyes that see the way
To sun beyond dark clouds, where skies are mild;
With voice that lifts in prayer, as birds praise dawn;
With hands that touch each miracle, in awe
Of budding leaves or flowers on a lawn
Or furry friends with hoof and horn and paw.
Lead me along a path where I will find
In all the precious hours that stretch before,
The chance to help, to listen, to be kind;
To heal the wounds that make the world heartsore.
Oh, let me fill each second so that I
May greet the day with an appreciative eye.

Shelia Forsyth

From "Bedside Prayers,"
by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997

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He who is in the sun, and in the fire
and in the heart of man is ONE.
He who knows this is one with the ONE.


The Upanishads
(part of Hindu scriptures)

Being so eager to arrange our own future, we of little faith
close ourselves off from what is coming. We have no patience
with the unspecified promise and we have no trust in the
unseen situations which the future has in store. Therefore,
when we pray with little faith, we pray without hope. Likewise,
we pray without despair, for despair is only possible for some-
one who knows what it means to hope.

...The immense difference between hope and wishes comes out
in the remarks of a student who wrote: "I see hope as an attitude where everything stays open before me. Not that I don't think of
my future in those moments, but I think of it in an entirely
different way. Daring to stay open to whatever will come to me
today, tomorrow, two months from now -- that is hope. To go
fearlessly into things without knowing how they'll turn out, to
keep on going even when some thing doesn't work the first
time, to have trust in whatever you're doing -- that is living with
hope."

Excerpted from "With Open Hands,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Ave Maria Press, 1972

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The master observes the world but trusts
his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.

Tao Te Ching
(The Book of the Way)
Classic Chinese text


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I find in you, Lord, in all Things
and in all
my fellow creatures, pulsing with
your life;
as a tiny seed you sleep in what is
small
and in the vast you vastly yield
yourself.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
One of German language's 20th century greatest poets
"The Book of Hours"

 
And now, the Last Word:

You, whose day it is,
make it beautiful. Get out your
rainbow colors, so it will be beautiful.

Nuu-chah-nulth song
(Indigenous people of Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:
The endless road is the only one worth traveling.
Modern Sufic saying