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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --God is our refuge in times of trouble
    --Daniel is protected from the lions
    --A new question for Rabbi Mentz
    Midway down the page:
    --I drop my fears into your ocean...
    --African-American spiritual
    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --"Finding" God's will
    --Serenity Prayer

    And the Last Word: God's megaphone
                                                                                                                                                                      


                          



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TODAY'S THEME: In Times of Trouble
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Do not be a harsh judge of yourself.
Without kindness toward ourselves we cannot love the world.

The Buddha (c. 563- C. 483)
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The latest question for Rabbi Mentz:
Is man inherently good or inherently evil?

"This question is one of my all time favorites. It really is a simple answer,
but as all simple answers go, there is lots of explaining to do. So here goes..."

For the rest of his answer, click on: Ask Rabbi Mentz
And now, the Last Word:
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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalms 46:1-7
Holy Bible Revised Standard  Edition



    Then the King commanded and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' pit. The king
    exclaimed to Daniel, "May your God, Whom you serve continually, save you!" Then the king
    went to his palace and went to bed fasting, and had no table brought before him; and his sleep
    wandered from him. The king arose in the darkness before dawn, and went in haste to the lions'
    pit. When he drew near to the pit, to Daniel, he cried out in a sad voice; the king called out and
    said to Daniel, "Daniel servant of the living God! Was your God, Whom you serve continually,
    able to save you from the lions?" The Daniel spoke to the king: "May the king live forever! My
    God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they did not wound me, because merit was
    found for me before Him. Also before you, O king, I have done no harm." Then the king was very
    pleased, and he commanded that Daniel be brought up from the pit. Daniel was brought up from
    the pit, and no wound was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.
Daniel 6:17, 19-24
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd., 2005
Bill Wright's Kabul journal is now in the Archives
I drop my fears into your ocean
and watch them sink from sight.
I place my fears on your broad Earth
and see them rot away.
I put my fears into your hands
and they are no more.
When you offer your arms to me, Great Mother,
your hands hold nothing but love.
Ceisiwr Serith
From "A Book of Pagan Prayer"
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Precious Lord, take my hand.
Lead me on. Let me stand.
I am tired. I am weak. I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light.
Take my hand, precious Lord,
and lead me home.
African-American spiritual
God's will most often happens in spite of us, not because of us.
We may try to second guess what God has in mind for us, looking, searching, hyper
vigilant to seek God's will as though it were a buried treasure, hidden beyond our reach.
If we find it, we win the prize.
But if we're not careful, we miss out.
That's
not how it works.
God's will for us is not hidden like a buried treasure. We do not have to control or force it.
We do not have to walk on eggshells in order to have it happen.
It is right there inside and around us. It is happening, right now. Sometimes, it is quiet and
uneventful and includes the daily disciplines of responsibility and learning to take care of
ourselves. Sometimes, it is healing us when we're in circumstances that trigger old
grieving and unfinished business.
Sometimes, it is grand...
But we do not have to control God's will for us. We are being taken care of. We are
protected. And the Power caring for and protecting us loves us very much.
Melody Beattie
From "The Language of Letting Go"
Hazeldon, 1990
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            God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change,
    Courage to change the things I can,
    and wisdom to know the difference.
                           Amen.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
American Protestant theologian
God whispers to us in our pleasures,
speaks to us in our conscience, but
shouts in our pains: It is His
megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Novelist, scholar, broadcaster