Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Psalm 61

Assurance of God's Protection
To the leader: with stringed instruments. Of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to you,
when my heart is faint.

Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I;
for you are my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.

Let me abide in your tent forever,
find refuge under the shelter of your wings. Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Prolong the life of the king;
may his years endure to all generations!
May he be enthroned forever before God;
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!
So I will always sing praises to your name,
as I pay my vows day after day.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Mark 6:30-46


From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Genesis 44:18-44:30

Then Judah went up to him and said, "Please, my lord, let Your servant appeal to my lord, and do not be impatient with your servant, You who are the equal of Pharaoh. My lord asked his servants, 'Have you a father or another brother?' We told my lord, 'We have an old father, and there is a child of his old age, the youngest; his full brother is dead, so that he alone is left of his mother, and his father dotes on him.' Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, that I may set eyes on him.' We said to my lord, 'The boy cannot leave his father; if he were to leave him, his father would die.' But you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, do not let me see your faces.' When we came back to Your servant my father, we reported my lord's words to him.

"Later our father said, 'Go back and procure some food for us.' We answered, 'We cannot go down; only if our youngest brother is with us can we go down, for we may not show our faces to the man unless our youngest brother is with us.' Your servant my father said to us, 'As you know, my wife bore me two sons. But one is gone from me, and I said: Alas, he was torn by a beast! And I have not seen him since. If you take this one from me, too, and he meets with disaster, you will send my white head down to Sheol in sorrow.'

"Now, if I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us--since his own life is so bound up with his.


From Parshat VaYigash. 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


Acceptance is the art of making peace with life, of leaving all our expectations and projected ideals at the door and entering a new world of truth and beauty...The angels help us accept all of life.

-Terry Lynn Taylor,
“Angel Days”

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


Due to having faith one relies on the practices, Due to having wisdom one truly knows. Of these two wisdom is the chief, Faith is the prerequisite.

-Nagarjuna, "Precious Garland 5"

From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


I always prayed that God would give me the wisdom and the vision to do the things on this earth that I was supposed to do to express His life and love and His will.

-Billy Ray Cyrus

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Christian Quote of the Day


Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise, Without delays…

-George Herbert, stanza from "Easter"

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Ditch that electric snow-blower and reach for a shovel instead! You'll save on energy costs and reduce pollution. Plus, you'll get some extra exercise… which can be rewarded with some extra hot cocoa.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


How far that little candle shows his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

-William Shakespeare

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.

-A.J. Piper

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Health Quote of the Day


It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.

-Margaret Bonnano

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Hindu Quote of the Day


Don't think about ideas such as bondage and liberation, simply abandon all craving and through wisdom and dispassion bring about the cessation of the mind. Even if the wish "may I be liberated" arises, the mind will come back to life.


Reprinted with permission from "The Wisdom of the Hindu Gurus," edited by Timothy Freke, published by Godsfield Press. The book can be purchased online through Amazon.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


So you're the kind of vegetarian that only eats roses.

-Leonard Cohen

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.

-Emil Zatopek

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Judaism Quote of the Day


Before he died, Rabbi Zusya said: "In the world to come they will not ask me, 'Why were you not Moses?' "They will ask me, 'Why were you not Zusya?'"

-Legend about Hasidic Rabbi Zusya of Hanipoli

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Muslim Quote of the Day


A basket full of bread sits on your head; yet you go from door to door begging for crusts. Attend to your own head. Knock on your heart’s door.


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


A smile is the universal language of kindness.

-Author Unknown

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December 20, 2014
Hail Mary
Matthew 11:28-30
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.