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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Mature, Not Old!
This page changes each weekday.

    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Perseverance leads to maturity
    --Losing life to find it

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    --A bubble in a stream  
    --Widening circles
    --The Past...and Time

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Commitment to others
    --Lighting a warm fire for others
    --Lending others courage and faith
           
         And the Last Word: Bob Dylan
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Bonus quote: Jesus said: What is hidden from you will be
disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be
revealed. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Raise the stone,
and you will find me there.

The Coptic Gospel of Thomas
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Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of
many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith
develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so
that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any
of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously
to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he
asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is
like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when
he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God
has promised to those who love him.

James 1: 2-6, 12
Holy Bible
New International Version
Thus shall ye think of all
this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in
a stream;
A flash of lightning in a
summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a
phantom, and a dream.

The Buddha (circa 563-483 BC)
Spiritual teacher and historical
founder of Buddhism
And Jesus likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a treasure hid in a field
which a man found an for the joy of it possession sold al he had in
order that he might purchase the field. Those great souls who have
discovered the Kingdom of God hid in their own consciousness have
been glad to leave everything else. It is losing one's life to find it. The
treasure of faith and confidence---who would not sell all else to
possess them?

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)
Founder of the Church of Religious Science
From "Words That Heal Today"
Dodd, Mead and Company, 1949
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I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not ever complete the last one,
but I give myself to it.

I circle around God, that primordial tower.
I have been circling for thousands of years,
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
Highly regarded German poet
From "Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God"
Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna May
Buddha statue from Northern Pakistan,
1st century,
Musee Guimet
The past is but the beginning of a beginning,
    and all that is and has been
is but the twilight of the dawn.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)
Prolific English writer best known for science fiction novels
     Time is
Too slow for those who Wait,
Too swift for those who Fear,
Too long for those who Grieve,
Too short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love
     Time is
     Eternity.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
French Jesuit priest, paleontologist and philosopher
We tend to think of youth and the active middle years as the years of commitment. After 65,
you're told you've earned the right to think about yourself. But that's a deadly prescription!
People of every age need commitments beyond the self, need the meaning that commitments
provide. Self-preoccupation is a prison, as every self-absorbed person finally knows.

John Gardner (1912-2002)
Secretary of HEW under President Lyndon Johnson, President of the Carnegie Corporation
Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
From a speech delivered to the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, 1983
A revered rabbi once journeyed to visit a younger rabbi who was known for his religious
devotion. The older rabbi was very much impressed with the young man's total immersion
in prayer and study, and asked the secret of his unwavering piety. The younger man
replied that by concentrating deeply on his studies, he was able to ignore any outside
influences that might distract him. Indeed the older man had noticed that many of the
nearby villagers were involved in activities that were quite contrary to piety. He said to the
younger man, "When it is very cold, there are two ways to warm yourself. One is by
putting on a fur coat, the other is by lighting a fire. The difference is that the fur coat
warms only the person wearing it, while the fire warms anyone who comes near."

From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
By Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
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William James pointed out that just as our courage is
so often a reflex of another's courage, so our faith is
often a faith in someone else's faith. When you're
engaged in...activities, let the faith begin with you.

John Gardner (1912-2002)
From a speech delivered to the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies
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Ah but I was so much older then;
I'm younger than that now.