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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Who Can Be Against Us?
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    --If God is for us...
    --Max Lucado: God is for us!

    Midway down the page:
    --Maya Angelou  
    --I have engraved you on My palms

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Rumi
    --Henri Nouwen

              
     And the Last Word: Robert Browning
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Bonus quote: Hold on firmly to good friends and
fine teachers. Riches and power are fleeting dreams,
but the fragrance of wise words lingers in the world.

Hanshan (7th century)
China
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If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own
Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us
everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God's
chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ
(Jesus) who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of
God, who indeed intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love
of Christ?

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans  8: 31-35, 38-39
New American Bible
God is for you. Your parents may have forgotten you, your teachers may have neglected you,
your siblings may be ashamed of you, but within reach of your prayers is the Maker of the
oceans. God!

God
is for you. Not "may be," not "has been," not "was," not "would be," but "God is!" He is
for you. Today at this hour. At this minute. As you read this sentence. No need to wait in line
or come back tomorrow. He is with you. He could not be closer than he is at this second. His
loyalty won't increase if you are better nor lessen if you are worse. He
is for you.

Max Lucado
From "For These Tough Times"
W Publishing Group, 2006
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The Depression, which was difficult for everyone, especially so for a single black woman in the South
tending her crippled son and two grandchildren, caused her to make the statement of faith often.

She would look up as if she could will herself into the heavens, and tell her family in particular and the
world in general, "I will step out on the word of God. I will step out on the word of God." Immediately I
could see her flung into space, moons at her feet and stars at her head, comets swirling around her.
Naturally, since Mamma stood out on the word of God, and Mamma was over six feet tall, it wasn't
difficult for me to have faith. I grew up knowing that the word of God had power.

Maya Angelou (1928-       )
American novelist, poet, actress and civil rights activist
From "Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now"
Bantam Books, 1994
Zion said, 'Hashem has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.' Can a woman forget
her baby, or not feel compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, but
I would not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you upon My palms; your walls are
before Me always.

The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Press, Ltd., 2005
Where ever you have been, He is the One holding your hand.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Sufi, Persian poet and theologian
From 'The Funny Part Is'
Portrait of Rumi
by unknown artist
Thus, every prayer of petition becomes a prayer of thanksgiving and praise as well,
precisely because it is a prayer of hope. In the hopeful prayer of petition, we thank God for
God's promise and we praise God for God's trust.

Our numerous requests simply become the concrete way of saying that we trust in the
fullness of God's goodness. Whenever we pray with hope, we put our lives in the hands of
God. Fear and anxiety fade away and everything we are given and everything we are
deprived of is nothing but a finger pointing out the direction of God's hidden promise which
one day we shall taste in full.

Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)
From "With Open Hands"
Ballantine Books, 1972
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in His heaven---
All's right with the world!

Robert Browning (1812-1889)
English poet and playwright
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