July – 2016
The wisdom of Pearl C. Wook
“As we turn in consciousness to life, it turns to us and gives us of its bounty, all that we are able to take. It does not limit us…Life is waiting at the door of our minds to fill us, when we open the door, with whatever the need is. It makes no charges, but it does make a demand, and that is that you open the door, and your work is over. ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock; [and if anyone] will open, I will come in…’
The fullness of life doesn’t come as the result of a search, but as an awakening. Awake thou that sleepest.”
Galatians 6.7-10, 15-16, 18
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy…May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
The wisdom of Aesop
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
The wisdom of the Dalai Lama
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
Luke 10.25-37 (The Message)
25 A religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”
26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
27 He said, “That you love…God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”
28 “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”
29 Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”
30-32 Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.
33-35 “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’
36 “What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”
37 “The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”
The wisdom of John Adams
“You will ever remember that all the End of study is to make you a good [Person] and a useful Citizen.”
The wisdom of Richard Bach
“The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.”
Luke 10.38-42 (NRSV)
[Jesus] entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But [Jesus] answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
The wisdom of Mary Baker Eddy
“Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious, Adorable one.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Enable us to know–as in heaven, so on earth–God is omnipotent, supreme.
Give us grace for today; feed the famished affections;
And Love is reflected in love;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.
The wisdom of Lala Winkley
“God, lover of us all, most holy one,
Help us to respond to you to create what you want for us here on earth.
Give us today enough for our needs; forgive our weak and deliberate offenses, just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.
Help us to resist evil and to do what is good; for we are yours, endowed with your power to make our world whole.”
Luke 11.1-11, 13 (New American Bible & Lamsa Translation, adapted)
[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “…teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” ]He said to them, “When you pray, say:
[Abba, you are throughout the universe, hallowed is your name. Your presence is among us. May your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Meet our needs each day and forgive us our sins, for we have also forgiven all who have offended us. And do not let us enter into temptation; but deliver us from error].”
And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What [parent] among you would hand [their child] a snake when [the child] asks for a fish? If you then, who are [flawed], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the [Divine] give the holy Spirit to those who ask [for It]?”
The Wisdom of A Course in Miracles
“If you but knew the meaning of [divine] Love, hope and despair would be impossible.”
The Wisdom of Nona Brooks (adapted)
“Omnipresence shows us these truths: All humanity has a common Source. Every human being is a Child of God. The nature of every soul is Godlike, for the Creator shares Itself with the creation. Each of us is therefore equipped with all we need to lead a wholesome, joyous, useful life.”
Colossians 3.2, 10-11
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth…Clothe yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!