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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
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Most religions teach that we each have a guardian angel who stays with us throughout our life,
especially in times of danger. These celestial protertors are needed nowhere more than on the
In reading today's remarkable evidence of angelic guardianship, we are reminded to
pray for our soldiers every day...not just on a designated Memorial Day. The age-old question of
why some soldiers live and others die cannot fully be answered by those of us encased in flesh,
but we can know with confidence that angels never abandon their earthly charges. Whatever
that person may experience, their angel is there, enveloping them and upholding them.
May we remember all who must experience the trauma of war in our daily prayers.
"Tobias and the Angel," The National Gallery, London
NOTE FROM LISA: Today's story comes from Jeff M., who lives near San Diego, CA
with his wife Sally. Their son, Sam, is a Marine who was just deployed to Afghanistan.
Jeff shares Sam's story of a startling encounter.
Our son, Sam, currently on his second tour in Afghanistan, has always believed
he has a guardian angel. Last week he went to a local bookstore to stock up on
reading material for his deployment, which started a few days ago, and he said he
was thinking of all the times he has felt he had been protected by some kind of
divine intervention. He recalled last year, when a rocket propelled grenade was
coming right at his Humvee and he was getting ready to be blown into the sky from
his machine gun turret, when he saw it bounce back from the Humvee and lie harm-
lessly on the road. It had hit his tire and for some reason did not explode. As he
wandered through that bookstore, he said he reflected on this event and the absurdity
of his assumption of being protected by an angel. In the middle of his thoughts, some-
one approached him and asked him the strangest question. Some man came up to him,
acting like he was an old friend, and said, "Can you tell me how to spell guardian angel?"
Well, Sam said he thought this fellow was crazy. He couldn't get away from him fast
enough. Yet, as he started to leave the store, he turned back just to take a second
look at this guy and didn't see him. He said he went back through the store, down
every aisle, and never did see him again. As he told me last week, he thought this
question posed by the stranger was a message, that there are things in this universe
we may not understand but that if we can overcome a sort of obstinacy to belief, we
can begin to believe. That is really something coming from a battle-hardened Marine.
O God, we know you care about each of your children, around the globe.
We praise your loving kindness, your merciful grace. This day we lift to you our troops.
So far from home and family, they do their best to serve with faithfulness and honor.
Hold them tightly, Holy One. Give them courage. As they endure harsh conditions,
loneliness and great danger, let them know your nearness. Help them feel your love,
and comfort the families left behind. Also, we pray for the end of war. We pray for your
strength, your wisdom and your reconciliation. That the serving men and women of every
nation might be at home, wrapped in their families, we seek your peace, here on earth,
as in heaven. Creator, bless us all as we pray in your holy name. Amen.
Courtesy of Faithful Cross.com
The Last Word :
You shall not fear the terror of night;
nor of the arrow that flies by day;
nor the pestilence that walks in gloom;
nor the destroyer who lays waste at noon.
The Stone Edition Tanach
Random Bonus Quote:
Each small task of everyday life is part
of the total harmony of the universe.
St. Therese of Lisieux