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Prayer for the Day

Prayer of the Day

Giving to Those in Need
May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.
– Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Buddhist, appropriate for many faiths

On the Other side

I often joke with people that I am not afraid of death, I’m just afraid of dying.

It’s a joke because I don’t want to die in a lot of pain, or tied up to machines. But I am actually looking foward to death.

If my faith is “wrong” and a “crutch, as so many people like to tell me, well I’ll never know.

But if my faith in Jesus is NOT “in vain”, oh boy……. – Ninure da Hippie.

A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”

Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?”

The doctor was holding the handle of the door. On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing…I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

People often say with pride, “I’m not interested in politics.” They might as well say, “I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future, or any future.”
    — Martha Gellhorn, writer/journalist   (1908-1998)

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

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The Cracked Pot – a Thought for today

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’

The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’

‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

So, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

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The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9</i>

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi

In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture

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Poem: What’s in the Temple?

What’s In The Temple?

In the quiet spaces of my mind a thought lies still, but ready to spring.
It begs me to open the door so it can walk about.
The poets speak in obscure terms pointing madly at the unsayable.
The sages say nothing, but walk ahead patting their thigh calling for us to follow.
The monk sits pen in hand poised to explain the cloud of unknowing.
The seeker seeks, just around the corner from the truth.
If she stands still it will catch up with her.
Pause with us here a while.
Put your ear to the wall of your heart.
Listen for the whisper of knowing there.
Love will touch you if you are very still.

If I say the word God, people run away.
They’ve been frightened–sat on ’till the spirit cried “uncle.”
Now they play hide and seek with somebody they can’t name.
They know he’s out there looking for them, and they want to be found,
But there is all this stuff in the way.

I can’t talk about God and make any sense,
And I can’t not talk about God and make any sense.
So we talk about the weather, and we are talking about God.

I miss the old temples where you could hang out with God.
Still, we have pet pounds where you can feel love draped in warm fur,
And sense the whole tragedy of life and death.
You see there the consequences of carelessness,
And you feel there the yapping urgency of life that wants to be lived.
The only things lacking are the frankincense and myrrh.

We don’t build many temples anymore.
Maybe we learned that the sacred can’t be contained.
Or maybe it can’t be sustained inside a building.
Buildings crumble.
It’s the spirit that lives on.

If you had a temple in the secret spaces of your heart,
What would you worship there?
What would you bring to sacrifice?
What would be behind the curtain in the holy of holies?

Go there now.

~ Tom Barrett ~

(Keeping in Touch)

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The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9</i>

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi

In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture

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NATURE AS MIRROR – -a Meditation

NATURE AS MIRROR

by Fr. Richard Rohr

Nature was a mirror of the soul for St. Francis of Assisi — a mirror for himself and a mirror for God.  All this mirroring affected a complete change of consciousness in how he saw reality.

When Francis was a young man, he just loved to party.  One night he left the party and looked up at the stars above Assisi.  He stood there for a long time, and he was in awe of what he saw.  He said, “If these are the creatures, what must the Creator be like?”

The outer world began to name the inner experience and the nature of God for Francis.  It all became a two way mirror through which he could see God and also see his deepest soul.
 
Adapted from In the Footsteps of Francis webcast
 
Starter Prayer:
Be praised, my Lord,
through all your creat
ures.

basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture

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Easter Song (by Keith Green)

This one of my favorite Easter songs. I hope you enjoy it too.

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Easter Song by Keith Green


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Somebody Ought to Say Something – a Stillspeaking Devotional

Somebody Ought to Say Something

Excerpt from Psalm 107
“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.”

Reflection by Kenneth L. Samuel

How many times in any given day are we assaulted by bad news? Seems like we can barely recover from one depressing declaration before we are confronted by another. If it’s not a car repair, it’s a house repair. If it’s not a headache, it’s a heart ache. If it’s not a problem finding a job, it’s a problem keeping a job. If it’s not a mortgage meltdown, it’s another financial bail-out. If it’s not national security, it’s the national debt. If it’s not hell at the workplace, it’s hell in your home life.

But in the midst of cascading deficits, constant debacles and continuous depressions, the Psalmist declares that there is Good News, which every believer in God ought to be talking about. And this Good News is not illusory; it does not deny the fact that we live in perilous times, and it does not attempt to shift our focus to an other-worldly utopia.

It is the Good News that despite all of the troubles, trials and traumas we face, love endures. The Love of God is steadfast, and it endures for ever! Ain’t that Good News?

It is the Good News that all of our suffering is redemptive – which is to say that God uses our pains to produce greater stamina, greater integrity and greater maturity in us. In God’s processes of redemption, bad is exchanged for good. Ain’t that Good News?

It is the Good News that despite all that has transpired to tear us apart, God has gathered us together – “from the lands, east and west, north and south.” And it is our togetherness that gives us strength to face the challenges ahead. Ain’t that Good News?

Somebody ought to say so!

Prayer
Gracious God, please do not allow our recitations of bad news interrupt our declarations of the Good News! Give us hearts to believe, eyes to see and courage to speak! Amen.

About the Author
Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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