July – 2015
The Wisdom of the Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 12.7b-10)
I had a thorn in the flesh that tormented me…8Three times I prayed about this, that it would leave me, 9but the answer that came to me was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
The Gospel According to Mark (6.1-6)
Jesus…came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” 5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.
The Wisdom of Marianne Williamson
“…what I place on the altar of my mind is then altered in my life. When I do not know what to say or do, [God] who is alive within me will illumine my thinking and guide my words. When a possible outcome makes me weak with fear, I will feel [divine] arms around me. And when the road seems lonely and long before me, I will know I am not alone.”
The Wisdom of the Book of Ephesians (1.3)
Blessed be the God of Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
The Wisdom of the Psalter (85.6-12)
6Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you? 7Show us your steadfast love, O God, and grant us your salvation. 8…God will speak peace to the people, to the faithful, to those who seek Truth in their hearts. 9Surely divine help is at hand…that God’s glory may dwell in our land. 10Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 11Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. 12God will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
The Wisdom of Confucius
“Those who multiply good deeds will have joys to overflowing…Words and actions are the hinge and spring of the excellent person…One’s words and actions move heaven and earth.”
The Wisdom of the Dalai Lama
“We cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion. This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith…the doctrine is compassion.”
The Gospel According to Mark (6.34, 56)
Jesus saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
The Wisdom of the Upanishads
“To that God who is in the plants, to the God who is in the trees, to the God who is in the earth, to that God who is in everything, let us give adoration, adoration!”
The Wisdom of Ernest Holmes
“There is One Life, that Life is God, that Life is my life now. There is nothing in me that can deny the presence of this Life. Everything within me affirms Its presence. I have an inward sense and feeling of this Divine Presence at all times.”
The Wisdom of the Book of Ephesians (3.14,16-21)
I bow my knees before the Universal Mystery. 16I pray that, according to the riches of divine glory, you may be strengthened in your inner being with spiritual power, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to…19know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now let us glorify the power at work within us that is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21…forever and ever. Amen.