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    --Mother Julian of Norwich

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    --Walking in the dark

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    --Lyrics to 'His Strength is Perfect'
    --Rabindranath Tagore & Paramahansa Yogananda

          And the Last Word: The hidden blessing...


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TODAY'S THEME: When Weakness Comes
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We're fools whether we dance or not; so we
might as well dance.

Japanese proverb
The theme of this page changes each weekday.
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And now, the Last Word:
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If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his
eyes and walk in the dark.

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Spanish mystic and Carmelite friar
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Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was
given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too
elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave
me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is
made perfect in weakness." I will rather boast most gladly of my
weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.

2 Corinthians 12: 7-9
New American Bible
We can't help being thirsty, moving toward the voice of water.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) Persian poet and theologian
Pray inwardly, even if you do not enjoy it. It does good, though you feel
nothing. Yes, even though you think you are doing nothing.

Mother Julian of Norwich (1343-c. 1416)
Perhaps England's greatest mystic, her book "Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love" is
believed to be the first book written by a woman in the English language
Mercy and Grace
by Suellen Fry

...On my knees before the Lord, my body hunched over, my spirit calls out to the distant heavens
praying for a miracle...

It has been five months now since the police finally arrested my husband. The terror I lived was
over now. There was finally peace in my home. There were no more unkind words being spoken.
There were no more threats to kill me and no more hands around my neck. My little boy's hurt and
anger were finally being replaced with hugs and kisses. He had stopped crying. He had stopped
worrying about his mommy. Most of all...my heart was mending in ways I never thought imaginable.

I too well remembered the time I lived in fear. I remembered the courage it took to grasp my little
guy’s hand, our bags packed....leaving for the shelter for abused women! But most of all....I
remembered the night I woke up out of my slumber feeling forgiveness in my heart! I had received
the gift of healing through the arms of Christ as he held me tight each night. It was HE WHO wiped
my tears. It was HE who covered me with his wings and protected me and my son. How could I
forgive the man who hurt his own wife? It wasn't me...It was Christ! Through Christ I was able! I was
jolted in the middle of the night. I sprang from my bed in upright position. What was happening to
me? The pain was gone! The anger lifted. It was as if all the hard drive was erased.

Still.........The Lord my God had something else in store for me!  
...continued on page 2
I can do all things through Christ
Who gives me strength;
But sometimes I wonder
What He can do through me?
No great success to show
No glory on my own
Yet, in my weakness
He is there to let me know.

His strength is perfect
When our strength is gone.
He'll carry us
When we can't carry on.
Raised in His power
The weak become strong.
His strength is perfect
His strength is perfect.

We can only know
The power That He holds
When we truly see
How deep our weakness goes;
His strength in us begins
Where ours comes to an end
He hears our humble cry
And proves again...

His strength is perfect
When our strength is gone.
He'll carry us
When we can't carry on.
Raised in His power
The weak become strong.
His strength is perfect
His strength is perfect.
The lyrics to:
'His Strength is Perfect'
by Steven Chapman Curtis
and Jerry Salley
BMG, Inc.

From the album:
'Real Life Conversations'
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Deliver me from my own shadows, my Lord, from the wrecks and confusion of my days.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, playwright and musician. From India, he was Asia's first Nobel Laureate.
Do not take life's experiences too seriously. Above all, do
not let them hurt you, for in reality they are nothing but
dream experiences...If circumstances are bad and you have
to bear them, do not make them a part of yourself. Play
your part in life, but never forget it is only a role. What you
lose in the world will not be a loss to your soul. Trust in God
and destroy fear, which paralyzes all efforts to succeed and
attracts the very thing you fear.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1891-1952)
Indian yogi and guru
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Behind every dark happening, behind every difficulty, there is a hidden blessing.
Man has to develop faith and confidence in God, knowing that at the right moment,
at the acceptable time of the Lord, the magic will be worked, the dark shroud will
fall away, and the radiant angel will be waiting. Behind all is the glory of God's life --
the divine magic which illumines all life's happenings.

From 'The Quiet Mind'
The White Eagle Publishing Trust, 1993