September – 2017

September 3

The Wisdom of Marianne Williamson
“Let me cleave to love in moments when I am tempted by fear. May I remember that there is nothing love cannot do. There is no feeling, circumstance, situation, or relationship so filled with fear that love cannot transform it. Today I claim the power of love.
May my mind be so aligned with love that its power within me feels natural. I wield the power to work miracles with humility and grace.”

Romans 12.9-16a (NRSV)
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve [Christ]. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another…

September 10

The Wisdom of Anna L. Palmer
“Where there is a will to love God, there will be a pathway made for you to do it…
No one can hinder you from living the Christ Consciousness. Whatever the obstruction you can live in the [Realm] of God, and by purity of purpose you will probably transform the people around you. Love is the fulfilling of the law, and love is the thing that puts you into the [divine Realm].”

Romans 13:8-10 (NRSV)
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 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.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

September 17

Psalm 103.8 (NRSV)
The INFINITE is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great kindness.

The Wisdom of Marianne Williamson
“Forgiveness is ‘selective remembering’ – a conscious decision to focus on love and let the rest go. The ego is relentless, and it will subtly and insidiously try to convince me of my [neighbor’s] guilt. I will not listen to the voice of my ego today. May the spirit of God deliver me today from the temptation to judge, to find fault, to criticize. May I be saved from my tendency to condemn. May my eyes be opened to the innocence in everyone.”

Matthew 18.21-22 (CEV)
Peter came up to the Lord [Jesus] and asked, “How many times should I forgive someone who does something wrong to me? Is seven times enough?” Jesus answered: “Not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!”

September 24

The Wisdom of Marianne Williamson
“The organizing principle of all life is service. Every cell serves the functioning of the organism of which it is a part. The sun serves life by sharing its warmth and light. The rain serves the earth by pouring water on growing things. Plants serve life by giving us oxygen and food. We, too, find our right place in the universe when we place ourselves in service to life. As long as I enter any situation with the primary goal of being of service, being of use to the furtherance of goodness and love, I will find my place and find my peace.”

The Wisdom of Amy Carmichael
“You can give without loving; but you cannot love without giving.”

Matthew 20.1-16 (NRSV, adapted)
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like landowners who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for their vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, they sent them into the vineyard. When the landowners went out about nine o’clock, they saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and they said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and we will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When the landowners went out again about noon and about three o’clock, they did the same. And about five o’clock they went out and found others standing around; and they said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They unemployed laborers said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ The landowners said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owners of the vineyard said to their manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowners, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But the owners replied to one of them, ‘Friend, we are doing you no wrong; did you not agree with us for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; we choose to give to this last the same as we give to you. Are we not allowed to do what we choose with what belongs to us? Or are you envious because we are generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

 

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