|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 unfathomable ocean has always stirred the souls of mankind.
Its breadth excites our imagination; its striking depth inspires awe;
the rhythm of its waves lulls and uplifts; and its powerful currents
drag our egos into humble submission.
Little wonder that the ocean
is an oft utilized metaphor in spiritual and philosophical
On today's site we offer up several prayerful examples of the ocean
as a descriptive symbol for spiritual concepts. A suggestion for using
today's site would be to notice which image stands out to you.
Then contemplate that image throughout the day as a source of meditation
and see what further insights the Lord grants you as the day goes along.
- Lisa Bowman
If you have explored some of the back waters within a few miles of the
ocean you will know how much difference tidal water makes. Here you
come upon a stagnant pool, partly covered with weeds and slime, an
unpleasant place to be near. Not far away is another pool but this is
filled with clean, salt-smelling sea water, and the growing things around
it are pleasant and wholesome. The difference is that in one case the
living ocean water pours in twice a day charged with vitality, and then
flows out again carrying away anything stale or lifeless. It is this circu-
lation of life that makes the difference between the two pools.
When the tide is out, we sometimes see a boat stranded, unable to move,
but we know that this condition is only temporary because the tide always
comes back and refloats the boat. As long as you keep up your daily visit
with God, your soul is open to tidal water, and even if you should seem-
ingly be left high and dry for a period, it is only a question of time
before the living ocean will float you off once more.
Keep your soul flooded with the tidal water of eternal life and
...nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)
Excerpted from "Around the Year With Emmet Fox"
All the fish needs is to get lost in the water.
All humankind needs is to get lost in the Dao.
Zhuangzi (c. 360 - c. 275 BC)
Influential Chinese philosopher
How wonderful are islands!...Existence in the present gives island living
an extreme vividness and purity. One lives like a child or a saint in the
immediacy of here and now. Every day, every act, is an island, washed by
time and space, and has an island's completion. People, too, become like
islands in such an atmosphere, self-contained, whole and serene; re-
specting other people's solitude, not intruding on their shores, standing
back in reverence before the miracle of another individual. "No man is an
island," said John Donne. I feel we are all islands--in a common sea.
Excerpted from "Gift from the Sea,"
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Pantheon Books, 1975
The Last Word:
Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
Random Bonus Quote:
God made the beauties of nature like a child playing in the sand.
Attributed to Apollonius of Tyana (c. 40 - c. 120 AD)
Greek Pythagorean philosopher and teacher