Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Psalm 76

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

In Judah God is known, his name is great in Israel.
His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. [Selah]
Glorious art thou, more majestic than the everlasting mountains.
The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil; they sank into sleep; all the men of war were unable to use their hands.
At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned.
But thou, terrible art thou! Who can stand before thee when once thy anger is roused?
From the heavens thou didst utter judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment to save all the oppressed of the earth. [Selah]
Surely the wrath of men shall praise thee; the residue of wrath thou wilt gird upon thee.
Make your vows to the LORD your God, and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared, who cuts off the spirit of princes, who is terrible to the kings of the earth.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 20:1-8. Find a Bible translation.


From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Genesis 21:5-21

Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter; everyone who hears will laugh with me." And she added,

Who would have said to Abraham That Sarah would suckle children! Yet I have borne a son in his old age."

The child grew up and was weaned, and Abraham held a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

Sarah saw the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham playing. She said to Abraham, "Cast out that slave-woman and her son, for the son of that slave shall not share in the inheritance with my son Isaac." The matter distressed Abraham greatly, for it concerned a son of his. But God said to Abraham, "Do not be distressed over the boy or your slave; whatever Sarah tells you, do as she says, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be continued for you. As for the son of the slave-woman, I will make a nation of him, too, for he is your seed."

Early next morning Abraham took some bread and a skin of water, and gave them to Hagar. He placed them over her shoulder, together with the child, and sent her away. And she wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. When the water was gone from the skin, she left the child under one of the bushes, and went and sat down at a distance, a bowshot away; for she thought, "Let me not look on as the child dies." And sitting thus afar, she burst into tears.

God heard the cry of the boy, and an angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heeded the cry of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him." Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the skin with water, and let the boy drink. God was with the boy and he grew up; he dwelt in the wilderness and became a bowman. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.


From Parshat Va-Yera. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day


When the stars are twinkling, an angel awaits your prayers.

-Kathryn Schein

From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


The Buddha was asked: "Is there only one summit of consciousness or are there several?" He replied: "One and several. As one state of consciousness is realized, then the next is seen. Thus there are several and there is one." He was then asked: "Which is first, awareness or knowledge?" "Awareness arises first and then comes knowledge. One can then say, 'Because of my awareness, I know this as a fact.'"

-Digha Nikaya

From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


When I'm alone, I pray before sleep. It's a prayer of thanks that gives me clarity and makes me feel a sense of calm. I'm thankful for all my blessings.

-Vanessa Williams

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Christian Quote of the Day


One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

-George Herbert

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Talk to your boss about getting some recycling bins around the office, and encourage your co-workers to use them. You can also talk to your local representatives about setting up recycling bins at malls, parks, and beaches.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

-Roy L. Smith

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


You cannot go on being a good egg forever. You must either hatch or rot.

-C.S. Lewis

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Health Quote of the Day


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

-Robert Brault

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Hindu Quote of the Day


Prosperous as his life may appear, unless a man measures well his wealth, it will disappear without a trace. How swiftly a generous man's riches dwindle and die, if he does not evaluate the limits of his means.

Tirukkural 48: 479-480

Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


Thought of the Day: Dance like a tree in the wind.

-Barbara Ann Kipfer

From Self Meditation. Reprinted with permission from Workman Publishing Inc.

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


Love and time; those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.

-Gary Jennings

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Judaism Quote of the Day


If a person closes his eyes to avoid giving [any] charity, it is as if he committed idolatry.

-Babylonian Talmud, Ketubot 68a

As cited in "Jewish Wisdom" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

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Muslim Quote of the Day


Bitter is made sweet through love; copper becomes gold through love. Through love dregs become clear; love heals all pain. Through love the king becomes slave; love brings the dead to life.


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

-Eric Fromm

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May 25, 2015
May the Buddhas Smile Upon Us
Beliefnet member dreaming_romali
May the buddhas and bodhisattvas smile upon us with compassion and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma. May all beings be free from suffering and its causes. May all beings have happiness and its causes. May we all quickly achieve liberation and samsara and and may the Buddha always appear in the world as long as there is one being who is not yet free.