July – 2017

July 2

Psalm 89.1
“Your love, O God, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.”

The Wisdom of Wendell Berry
“We clasp the hands of those that go before us, and the hands of those who come after us. We enter the little circle of each other’s arms and the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance, and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hearts it except in fragments.”

Matthew 10.40-42 (NRSV)
Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple– truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

July 9

Psalm 145.9
“God is loving to everyone; God’s compassion is over all that God has made.”

The Wisdom of Dori Jeanine Somers
“There is that in me which reaches up toward light and laughter…and knows that my religious myth and dream of reborn joy and goodness must be true, because it speaks the truths of older myths; that light returns to balance darkness, life surges in the evergreen – and us, and…miracles abound in common things.”

Matthew 11:16-19, 28-30 (NRSV)
Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the [Chosen One] came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
[Then] Jesus said…“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

July 16

Psalm 65.5
“Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away.”

The Wisdom of Thich N’hat Hanh
“When the rain of compassion falls, even a desert becomes an immense, green ocean.”

Isaiah 55:10-13 (NRSV)
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to [God] for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

July 23

Wisdom 12.13, 16
“There is no god besides you, whose care is for all people, to whom you should prove that you have not judged unjustly; for your strength is the source of righteousness, and your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all.”

The Wisdom of Helen Zagat
“God is infinite Being…God is the originating cause and the continuing source of all life, all being, all creation. God is at the same time the supporter and the support in its essence and basis. God is Creator and moves within the creation unceasingly.”

Psalm 139.6-11
“Where can I go then from your Spirit? where can I flee from your presence? If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night’, darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike.”

July 30

Romans 8.26-28 (NAB)
“…the Spirit…comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit…intercedes with inexpressible groaning. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will. We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to [God’s] purpose.”

The Wisdom of David H. Eaton
“All living substance, all substance of energy, being, and purpose, are united and share the same destiny. All people, those we love and those we know not of are united and share the same destiny. Birth-to-death we share this unity with the sun, earth, our brothers and sisters, strangers, flowers in the field, snowflakes, volcanoes and moonbeams…May we have the faith to accept this mystery and build upon its everlasting truth.

Matthew 13.33 (NAB)
[Jesus] spoke to them another parable: “The [Realm] of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”

 

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