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Welcome To The Religion Network!
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.



Book of Genesis, Celtic blessing, Christopher Wordsworth, Johnson Oatman, Jr., Book of 1 Chronicles

Dear Readers,

I heard the best story yesterday. I was sitting outside of a Starbucks with Nan (that's Nan of Nan fame
on this site) and Carol, another dear friend, plus her sweet German Shepherd, Duchess, who only spilled
the coffee once by leaping up in a random burst of dog exuberance.
But before Carol was obliged to dab
at the tan blotches on her white outfit, she shared this experience. It occurred at some official gathering.
She had asked a Native American holy man to lead the group in a pre-meeting blessing, but when he got
to the microphone he said, "Carol has asked me to give a blessing, but I can't. Everything on this earth
has already been blessed by the Great Spirit, so what can my blessing add?"
What beautiful, truthful insight. What a blessing he stated!

It's right there in Genesis. The Lord blesses everything that he has made. He literally sets in motion
the action of blessing, so that his creation continues to multiply blessing times blessings. What we
do when we bless someone or something is to affirm God's actions; in reality, we are unable to
bless anything with our own power. Yet it is a very powerful act to bless another once we
realize that it is an affirmation of the Divine Power, sort of like a resounding, "Amen!"

- Lisa

Photo by Chuck Bowman                              All rights reserved

God said, "Let the waters teem with teeming living
creatures, and fowl that fly about over the earth across
the expanse of the heaven. And God created the great
sea-giants and every living being that creeps, with which
the waters teemed after their kinds; and all winged fowl
of every kind. And God saw that is was good. God blessed
them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters
in the seas; but the fowl shall increase on the earth."

And God said, "Let us make Man in Our image, after Our
likeness. They shall rule over the fish of the sea, the birds
of the sky, and over the animals, the whole earth, and every
creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."So God created
Man in His image, in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.

God blessed them and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply,
fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea,
the bird of the sky, and everything that moves on the earth."

And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1:20-23, 26-28, 31
The Stone Edition Tanach


Bless to me, O God, the earth beneath my feet,
Bless to me, O God, the path whereon I go,
Bless to me, O God, the people whom I meet,
Today, tonight and tomorrow.

Celtic Blessing

Photo by Chuck Bowman        All rights reserved

O Lord of heaven and earth and sea,
To Thee all praise and glory be!
How shall we show our love to Thee,
Who givest all?

The golden sunshine, vernal air,
Sweet flowers, and fruit Thy love declare;
When harvests ripen, Thou art there,
Who givest all.

For peaceful homes and healthful day,
For all the blessings earth displays,
We owe Thee thankfulness and praise,
Who givest all.

Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885)



Count your blessings;
name them one by one.

Count your blessings;
see what God has done!

Count your many blessings;
see what God has done!

Johnson Oatman Jr.

The Last Word:

O Lord, you are God!
You have promised good things to your servant.
Now you have been pleased to bless the house
of your servant, that it may continue forever
in your sight; for you, O Lord, have blessed it,
and it will be blessed forever.

1 Chronicles 17:26-27
The Holy Bible
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Totally Random Bonus Quote:

Let us throw ourselves into the ocean
of God's goodness, where every failing
will be canceled and anxiety turned into love.

St. Paul of the Cross




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