|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
"Wherever you are, there you are," someone wise once said. I know
it because I read it on a Star Trek poster! Yes, well, inspiration is all
around us. Martin Luther said something similar. In so many words,
he said, wherever you are, there you are called. Ah, purpose.
We each woke up this morning to find ourselves in our own unique
"there." So, now what? Well, firstly we need to really be "there."
We're no good to anyone, especially to ourselves if we're "there" and
our minds are any place but! We need to be present, to see, hear and
live in the space we are occupying. That's the only manner in which
we will accurately perceive why we have been called to be "there."
Then we can make a difference in the world.
- Lisa Bowman
Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.
From the Sutta Nipata
I grant forgiveness to all living beings.
May all the living beings please forgive me.
I have friendship with all living beings.
I have no hostility towards anyone.
Jain prayer of forgiveness
Source: "Prayer" by Richard W. Chilson
Sorin Books, 2006
"But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good
to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For
even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom
you hope to receive back what credit is that to you? For even
sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your
enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and
your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most
High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore
be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful."
Luke 6: 32-36
The Holy Bible
New King James Version
A Time to Talk
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed,
And shout from where I am, "What is it?"
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
American poet; Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes
The Last Word:
With every breath I take today,
I vow to be awake;
And every step I take,
I vow to take with a grateful heart --
So I may see with eyes of love
into the hearts of all I meet,
To ease their burden when I can
And touch them with a smile of peace.
Gold dust is precious, but when it gets in your eyes, it blurs your vision.
Xitang Zhizang (735-814)
Chinese monk and Chan teacher