TODAY'S THEME: Don't Worry, Be Peaceful
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O Lord, Grant me to greet the coming day in peace, help me in all things
to rely upon your holy will. In every hour of the day reveal your will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that
comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction
that your will governs all. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and
feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by you.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing
others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all
that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray.
And you, yourself, pray in me. Amen.

St. Philaret (Drozdov) of Moscow (1827-1867)
Russian Orthodox metropolitan of Moscow


Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.

Psalm 119: 165
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


The steadfast mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord forever,
For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.

Isaiah 26: 3-4
New American Standard Bible

Worry betrays a fragile faith, an "unconscious blasphemy."
We don't intentionally doubt God, but don't we, when we
worry, essentially doubt God? We assume the attitude of
a kid asking Michelangelo, "You sure you know what to
do with that rock?" No wonder the apostle urges us to "be
anxious for nothing." ("Have no anxiety about anything, but in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known to God." Philippians 4: 6, RVS)

Excerpted from "Come Thirsty,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2004


Manage your problems? Of course. But let your problems
manage you? The worrisome heart does.

And the worrisome heart pays a high price for doing so. Worry comes
from the Greek word that means "to divide the mind." Anxiety splits us
right down the middle, creating a double-minded thinker. Rather than
take away tomorrow's trouble, worry voids today's strength. Perception is
divided, distorting your vision. Strength is divided, wasting your energy.

Excerpted from "Come Thirsty,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2004


May I be happy
May I be peaceful
May I be free

May my friends be happy
May my friends be peaceful
May my friends be free

May my enemies be happy
May my enemies be peaceful
May my enemies be free

May all things be happy
May all things be peaceful
May all things be free

Buddhist Prayer

Go placidly mid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

From the Desiderata, written by Max Ehrman
Desiderata is Latin for "Things to be desired."


Rather than worry about anything, "pray about everything."
Everything? Diaper changes and dates? Business meetings
and broken bathtubs? Procrastinations and prognostications?
Pray about everything.

Max Lucado


Praiseworthy is the person who has found wisdom,
a person who can derive understanding (from it),
for its commerce is better than the commerce of
silver, and its produce (is better) than fine gold.

Its ways are ways of pleasantness
and all its pathways are peace.

Proverbs 3: 13-14, 17
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications

And now, the Last Word:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

Numbers 6: 24-26
The Holy Bible
New King James Version
































































Bonus quote:

A monk was anxious to learn Zen and said:
"I have been newly initiated into the Brotherhood.
Will you be gracious enough to show me the way
to Zen?" The Master said, "Do you hear the murmuring
of the mountain stream?" The monk said, "Yes, I do."
The Master said, "Here is the entrance."

Zen mondo from "The Little Zen Companion,"
by David Schiller


On today's
Home Page:

St. Philaret;
The Bible;
Max Lucado;
A Buddhist
The Tanach