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Book of Psalms, Emmet Fox, Marcus J. Borg, Rumi


Dear Readers,

It would be lovely if being consecrated to God meant never having any
problems to solve, illnesses to confront or complications to face in life.
God never promised us a trouble-free life on earth. What He promises
is that He will always be with us; that He loves us and knows the very
number of hairs on our head. He is closer than our breath and upholds
us from the depths of our hearts. He is caring for us, now and forever.

- Lisa

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mountains of tibet by nan rae
"Mountains of Tibet" by Nan Rae             All rights reserved


O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, you know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

Psalm 139: 1-10
New American Standard Bible

Chinese brush painting by Nan Rae
"Longing" by Nan Rae    All rights reserved

Many similes have been offered by religious teachers to
illustrate the relationship between God and man. One of
the best known and most helpful is to think of man as a
spark from a great fire, which is God. The spark is not the
whole of the fire but it is part of it, and therefore of the
same nature, and possesses, potentially, all the character-
istics of the parent fire. It can ignite many things upon
which it falls, thus producing another fire essentially
of the same nature as the original fire.

Emmet Fox (1886-1951)
Famous spiritual leader of 20th century
Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox,"
HarperCollins, 1992


God is the one in whom "we live and move and
have our being." Notice how the language works.
Where are we in relation to God? We are in God;
we live in God, move in God, have our being in
God. God is not "out there," but "right
here," all around us.

Excerpted from "The Heart of Christianity," by Marcus J. Borg
HarperSanFrancisco, 1989

The Last Word:

Lightning from here strikes there.
When you begin to love God,
God is loving you. A clapping
sound does not come
from one hand.

Persian Muslim poet and theologian





























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them, humanity cannot survive.

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (1934- )


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