TODAY'S THEME: Gifts of the Spirit
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Jesus answered, "Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter
the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is
spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, 'You must be born
from above.' The wind blows where it wills and you can
hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it
comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone
who is born of the Spirit."

John 3: 5-8
New American Bible


Spirit in its human manifestation is a response of man to his
Thou...Spirit is the word. And just as talk in a language may
well first take the form of words in the brain of the man, and
then sound in his throat, and yet both are merely refractions
of the true event, for in actuality speech does not abide in
man, but man takes his stand in speech and talks from there;
so with every word and every spirit. Spirit is not in the I, but
between I and Thou. It is not like the blood that circulates in
you, but like the air in which you breathe. Man lives in the
spirit, if he is able to respond to his Thou.

Excerpted from "I and Thou,"
by Martin Buber
Collier Books, 1958

The following wisdom is from reader David Charles.
It comes in response to the September 17th Home Page,
"To Be Righteous."
It also relates nicely to today's theme of Spirit's gifts.

"We live in a World where some think
Righteousness is external and our image
portrays Godliness.

Others think it "just happens" as a
result of being a believer.

I have found out over the years (sometimes
by trial and error!), that Righteousness on
the spirit level comes as a result of becoming
a believer; the soul, however, is behind the
curve and we spend the rest of our lives
cultivating Righteousness!

I have narrowed Righteousness down to three
parts: Modesty, Morality and Character. The
sobering thought however, is that it is God's
nature that rubs off us us as we walk with
Him! If it were only true that we could
be good in and of ourselves!

I find that on bad days, my Righteousness
fails miserably! But then I am reminded
that He is my Shepherd, and while lying
on that green pasture beside that still
water, he restores my soul.

In short, Righteousness involves my honest
effort, but it is only by His Grace that
I can attain it. Therefore, in that
humility, I find no reason to
boast of my own goodness!

-David Charles
Metro Detroit, MI



                              God of the Wind,
                                      Spirit God,
                              You, God, Larger than Life,
                                      Greater than the day,
                                          Fuller than the Event,
                              I can be alone with You.
                                     Alone with the Alone.
                              I feel scattered.
                                  Yet centered, breathing,
                                       Allowing your spirit to be in my sensing.
                                  I dance and settle and move on. Slowly.
                                       Present to the Moment,
                              Full of human frailty and longing,
                              Enclosed in joy and wonder.

                                                        Donna J. Maebori

                                                    From "Bedside Prayers,"
                                                    by June Cotner
                                                    HarperSanFrancisco, 1997


In solitude we can slowly unmask the illusion of our own
possessiveness and discover in the center of our own self
that we are not what we can conquer, but what is given to
us. In solitude we can listen to the voice of him who spoke
to us before we could make any gesture to help, who set
us free long before we could free others, and who loved
us long before we could give love to anyone.

Excerpted from "The Dance of Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Ave Maria Press, 2005

And now, the Last Word:

Pearls lie not on the seashore.
If thou desirest one,
thou must dive for it.

Chinese Proverb
























































Bonus quote:

To err is human.
To loaf is Parisian.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French poet and author


On today's
Home Page:

The Bible;
Martin Buber;
Henri Nouwen;