|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
The inspiration for today's theme comes from Rabbi Bunam's quote part way down the page.
When something makes you simultaneously laugh and think, it has to be golden.
else is gleaned from today's quotes, I hope it is joy in being reminded that we have, indeed,
been pulled from the mud.
There's no need whatsoever to keep jumping back into it. We
are called, chosen, and mudless. And yes, it is a really solid idea to listen to the One
who has called us, chosen us, and cleaned the mud off of us!
- Lisa Bowman
I will come to you in the silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice,
I claim you as my choice,
be still and know I am here.
I am the strength for all the despairing,
healing for the ones who dwell in shame.
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free,
and all will know my name.
I am the Word that leads all to freedom,
I am the peace the world cannot give.
I will call your name, embracing all your pain,
stand up, now walk, and live!
Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me,
I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.
Hymn by David Haas
GIA Publications, 1991
O God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
(Peace, Peace, Peace).
Rabbi Bunam was asked: "It is written: 'I am the Lord thy God,
who brought thee out of the land of Egypt.' Why does it not read:
'I am the Lord thy God, who created heaven and earth'?"
Rabbi Bunam expounded: " 'Heaven and earth!' Then man might
have said: 'Heaven--that is too much for me.' So God said to man:
'I am the one who fished you out of the mud.
Now you come here and listen to me!' "
Excerpted from "Tales of the Hasidim,"
by Martin Buber
Schocken Books, 1991
O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky,
Your children are we, and with tired backs,
We bring you the gifts you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness;
May the warp be the white light of morning,
May the weft be the red light of evening,
May the fringes be the falling rain,
May the border be the standing rainbow.
Thus weave for us a garment of brightness,
That we may walk fittingly where birds sing,
That we may walk fittingly where grass is green,
O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky.
The Tewa are Pueblo dwellers,today
living mainly in northern New Mexico.
From "Song of the Sky Loom"
The Last Word:
Keep your feet on the earth but lift your face
towards the heavens, for the Light which floods
into you from on high will steady your feet and
guide them in the right path. Have confidence in
this divine Light. Surrender with a tranquil mind
and a heart full of love to this infinite Wisdom.
Excerpted from "The Quiet Mind,"
The White Eagle Publishing Trust
Random Bonus Quote:
A good action is one that causes no regrets,
and whose fruit is gathered with joy and serenity.