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               WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman.
    The Religion Network is an interfaith
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In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust;
let me never be ashamed: deliver
me in thy righteousness.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I
am in trouble: mine eye is
consumed with grief, yea, my soul
and my belly.

Blessed be the Lord: for he hath
shewed me his marvellous
kindness in a strong city.

For I said in my haste, I am cut off
from before thine eyes:
nevertheless thou heardest the
voice of my supplications when I
cried unto thee.

O love the Lord, all ye his saints:
for the Lord preserveth the
faithful, and plentifully rewardeth
the proud doer.

Be of good courage, and he shall
strengthen your heart, all ye that
hope in the Lord.
--Psalms 31:1,9,21-24
The Holy Bible, King James Version
God never fails his children. Do not seek for things to work
according to your desires; or for circumstances to be
arranged according to your earthly will. But have faith that
God is leading you on the path to ultimate happiness.
--The Quiet Mind
The White Eagle Publishing Trust, 1972
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the
right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up.
--Ann Lamott (1954-   )
Contemporary best-selling author
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Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be
overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.

--Plutarch (46-120 AD)
Greek biographer and moralist
Too many people lament, "But I'm not strong, I'm not a hero."
They should do what I do: just make an effort, any effort, the
best you can. God will be glad to help you get started. The heart
then finds the courage to keep going, and so you continue from
triumph to triumph.
--St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Carmelite nun, Doctor of the Catholic Church
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1848)
Highly influential British Baptist preacher
The Weekend Edition
Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark
Temple Beth Ohr, La Mirada, CA
Reprinted with permission from The Beacon


"HAVE A GOOD ONE"

How many times have you made a purchase at the convenience store or the market and the
clerk smiles and wishes you a "Have a good one!"  Thanks, we reply and walk off into the
sunset.  And then one day after exiting a hotel elevator, the other passenger extended to me
that greeting:  "Have a good one!"  I stopped dead in my tracks and said to myself, "What in
the world is he wishing me?"
It used to be the custom in English to say upon leaving a person:  "Good-bye," which is short
for "God be with you".  Now that's a lovely sentiment indeed.  In Hebrew we declare:  
"L'hitraot"-- meaning, "Until we meet again."  Again, a sweet wish to extend to someone.
Now we are told, "Have a good one!"  A good what?   You fill in the blank.  A good day.  A good
life.  Or maybe we can let our imagination run away with us and think the person is wishing us
a good day in the stock market or a good dinner at a fancy restaurant or the ultimate, a good
X-rated event.
In truth, we are left to imagine the intent of the other person.  Sure he or she is wishing us
something good.  But that's as far as it goes.  And I don't like that.  I prefer the bland "Have a
good day" or "Have a good trip" to the more titillating "Have a good one!"
I hate ambiguity.  Come to the point, I insist.  Tell me what your wishes are for me.  Don't beat
around the bush.  And the next time someone consciously or unconsciously wishes me a "Have
a good one!"  I promise you that I will respond with:  "Have a good what?"
And so I wish you the Hebrew hope:  "Kol tuv--All the best"--whatever that means!!
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O God, if I am raw, cook me!
If I am cooked, burn me!

--Kwaja Abdullah Ansari