TODAY'S THEME: Spiritually Alive
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Every animal on earth has a set of correspondences with
the environment around it, and some of those correspondences
far exceed ours. Humans can perceive only 30 percent of the
range of the sun's light and 1/70th of the spectrum of electro-
magnetic energy. Many animals exceed our abilities. Bats
detect insects by sonar; pigeons navigate by magnetic fields;
bloodhounds perceive a world of smell unavailable to us.

Perhaps the spiritual or "unseen" world requires an inbuilt set
of correspondences activated only through some sort of
spiritual quickening. "No one can see the kingdom of God
without being born from above," said Jesus (John 3:3, NRSV).
"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that
come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him,
and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually
discerned," said Paul (1 Corinthians 2:14). Both expressions
point to a different level of correspondence available
only to a person spiritually alive.

Philip Yancy, "Seeing the Invisible God,"
Books and Culture (May/June 2000)
From "Perfect Illustrations,"
Tyndale Publishers, Inc., 2002


Faith is a knowledge within the heart,
beyond the reach of proof.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese American poet and writer

The Anointing

Can you smell the sweet fragrance in the air?

It permeates deep within my skin

and strokes my hair.

It is my Love who has stepped quietly into the room.

His heavenly anointing filling the air

as a luscious perfume.

Kate Buxbaum-Prado


Although I am planning and doing things in the world,
it is only to please the Lord. I test myself: even when I
am working I whisper within, "Where are You, Lord?"
and the whole world changes. There is nothing but a
great Light, and I am a little bubble in that Ocean of
Light. Such is the joy of man's existence in God.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru
From "Man's Eternal Quest"



Alone with yourself,
Never weary.

On the edge of the forest
Live joyfully,
Without desire.

The Buddha (c. 563 BC- c. 483 BC)
Indian spiritual teacher; founder of Buddhism

Prayer is like the light from a burning glass in which all the rays
that emanate from the soul are gathered to a focus. There are
hours when we are resplendent with the glowing awareness of
our share in His secret interests on earth. We pray. We are
carried forward to Him who is coming close to Us. We
endeavor to divine His will, not merely His command. Prayer
is an answer to God: "Here am I. And this is the record
of my days. Look into my heart, into my
hopes and my regrets."

Excerpted from "Between God and Man,"
by Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972)
Free Press Paperbacks, 1959

And now, the Last Word:

Prayer creates that openness in which
God is given to us. Indeed, God wants
to be admitted into the human heart,
received with open hands, and loved
with the same love with which
God has created us.

Henri J.  M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

Wish You Were Here!
Lahaina Jodo Mission
Maui, HI
This is the largest Buddha statue outside of Japan.
The mission is a beautiful place...very peaceful.


































































Bonus quote:

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius



On today's
Home Page:

Philip Yancy;
Kahlil Gibran;
The Buddha;
Henri Nouwen

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