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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Pema Chodron, John Wesley, Abraham ibn Ezra,
Anonymous 4th century author, Phyllis Diller
Here in the United States, Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, a day of gratitude.
There exists a common pitfall in all holidays, and I should know, because I am the Queen of it:
The day is supposed to be perfect and wonderful, and in preparing the food for guests, every-
thing should come out beyond delicious; the turkey must be moist and the mashed potatoes
fluffy, and all must be consumed in their entirety or i've failed the holiday miserably.
In a better world, unpopulated by wannabe overachievers like me, holidays (or more properly,
holy days), are set aside for communal, shared reflection; for conscious group celebration
of the many divine aspects we live alongside every day but perhaps overlook.
Holidays provide us special opportunities to focus on the Holy One.
To truly live a holy day is to savor the flavor of God, not food.
So hang the soggy mashed potatoes - full speed ahead towards gratitude!
Photo by Stephen Bowman All rights reserved
We can learn to rejoice in even the smallest blessings
our life holds. It is easy to miss our own good fortune;
often happiness comes in ways we don't even notice. It's
like a cartoon I saw of an astonished-looking man saying,
"What was that?" The caption below read, "Bob experiences
a moment of well-being." The ordinariness of our good
fortune can make it hard to catch.
...By taking care of ordinary things--our pots and pans,
our clothing, our teeth--we rejoice in them. When we
scrub a vegetable or brush our hair, we are expressing
appreciation; friendship toward ourselves and toward
the living quality that is found in everything. This
combination of mindfulness and appreciation connects
us fully with reality and brings us joy.
Excerpted from "The Pocket Pema Chodron"
Buddhist nun and prolific author
O God Our Father,
the foundation of all goodness,
Who has been gracious to us,
not only in the year that is past
but throughout all the years of our lives;
we give you thanks for your loving kindness
which has filled our days
and brought us to this time and place.
John Wesley (1703-1791)
Anglican cleric and theologian;
credited with co-founding the Methodist movement
Wheresoe'er I turn mine eyes
Around on earth or toward the skies,
I see Thee in the starry field,
I see Thee in the harvest's yield,
In every breath, in every sound,
An echo of thy name is found.
The blade of grass, the simple flower,
Bear witness to Thy matchless pow'r.
My every thought Eternal God of Heaven,
Ascends to Thee, to whom as praise be given.
Abraham ibn Ezra (c.1092 - c.1167)
Distinguished Spanish rabbi and writer
Excerpted from "Bless This Food,"
by Adrian Butash
Delacorte Press, 1993
Blessed are you, Lord.
You have fed us from our earliest day;
you give food to every living creature.
Fill our hearts with joy and delight.
Let us always have enough
and something to spare for works of mercy
in honor of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Through him may glory, honor
and power be yours forever.
Fourth-century prayer by an unknown author
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The Last Word:
(special today for the Thanksgiving Day cook)
My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration;
set the kitchen timer for 20 minutes, cry, rant and
rave; and at the sound of the bell, simmer down
and go about business as usual.
Phyllis Diller (1917 - )
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