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Published 9-4-09   

M. Basil Pennington, Book of 2 Timothy, Marian Wright Edelman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dr. Seuss


Dear Readers,

"Fear not tomorrow, for God is already there," wrote an unknown author. Those words
are the warm blanket on a cold night and the unquenchable flame lighting our way
into the darkest harbor. They reassure me that even when I can't see what's coming;
when I have the sinking feeling I'm about to be blind sided by "the arrow that flies by
day" (91st Psalm), the Lord protects me already, cradling me in His safekeeping.

While it's human to fear what we are powerless against, it's also a huge waste of our
time. What's worse, it builds a wall blocking us from the armor of Love that is God.
Wrapped in His presence and protection, we can furl our fears and tuck them away;
safely navigating the sea of human life by the compass of the Divine Protector.

- Lisa

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I remember the Zen story of a terrible outlaw who was terrorizing villages.
Whenever the people heard he was coming, they fled and left all for him. As
he approached one village, everyone fled, except one monk. When the out-
law heard that the monk had remained in his monastery, he was outraged.
He broke down the gates of the monastery and confronted the monk.
"Do you know who I am? I am the one who can kill you on the spot."
The monk looked at him calmly and replied, "Do you know who
I am? I am the one who can let you kill me on the spot."


Whatever decision I make about my future,
I want to make it freely --
free to let go or free to go on...

From "Engaging the World with Merton,"
by M. Basil Pennington OCSO
Paraclete Press, 2005


For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7
The Holy Bible
King James Version

"Gentle One" by Nan Rae    All rights reserved

Let Your Light Dawn in Our Minds

O God, let fear die and conviction be born in our lives.

Let Your light dawn in our minds as the day dawns on the earth.

Let us not be so busy hurrying into the future and worrying

about the past that we lose today - the only one we have.

And help us do what we know we have to do

today, and leave tomorrow to You.

Marian Wright Edelman

From 'Bedside Prayers'
by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997


He who is not every day conquering some fear
has not learned the secret of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American Transcendentalist, poet, essayist

The Last Word:

Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So get on your way.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)
(Born Theodore Geisel)
Children's author and artist




























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Trees are the earth's effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali Hindu poet



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