Quotes and Readings of the Day
Today's Torah Reading
Then the Lord said to Noah, "Go into the ark, with all your household, for you alone have I found righteous before Me in this generation. Of every clean animal you shall take seven pairs, males and their mates, and of every animal that is not clean, two, a male and its mate; of the birds of the sky also, seven pairs, male and female, to keep seed alive upon all the earth. For in seven days' time I will make it rain upon the earth, forty days and forty nights, and I will blot out from the earth all existence that I created." And Noah did just as the Lord commanded him.
Noah was six hundred years old when the Flood came, waters upon the earth. Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the Flood. Of the clean animals, of the animals that are not clean, of the birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two of each, male and female, came to Noah into the ark, as God had commanded Noah. And on the seventh day the waters of the Flood came upon the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day
All the fountains of the great deep burst apart,
And the floodgates of the sky broke open.
(The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.) That same day Noah and Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, went into the ark, with Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons--they and all beasts of every kind, all cattle of every kind, all creatures of every kind that creep on the earth, and all birds of every kind, every bird, every winged thing. They came to Noah into the ark, two each of all flesh in which there was breath of life. Thus they that entered comprised male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.
From Parshat Noach. 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
The Healing Angels respond to prayers for healing. A definite appeal for aid brings them to the side of the sick. … However … the Healing Angels do not interfere with the law governing transition.
-Flower A. Newhouse,
"Rediscovering the Angels"
From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Buddhist Quote of the Day
You might consider things like old age and death as negative, unwanted, and simply try to forget about them. But eventually those things will come anyway.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.
Celebrity Quote of the Day
I love ideas, and everything starts with an idea--a piece of furniture, a painting, a piece of music. If you could expand your consciousness, you can catch ideas at a deeper level.
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Hindu Quote of the Day
Many are the men who piously bathe in purifying waters, While in their dark hearts impure conduct lies concealed. Neither shaven head nor long locks are required, Provided one refrains from conduct condemned by the world.
Tirukkural 28: 278, 280
Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.
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Judaism Quote of the Day
A man must not carry a sword, bow, shield, lance, or spike on the Sabbath... Rabbi Eliezer said, "But they are adornments [which are worn rather than carried]." The sages said: "They are merely shameful, for it is said: 'And they shall beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not take up Sword against nation; They shall never again know war'" (Isaiah 2:4).
-Mishnah, Tractate Shabbat
Muslim Quote of the Day
Sometimes in order to help He makes us cry. Happy the eye that sheds tears for His sake. Fortunate the heart that burns for His sake. Laughter always follows tears. Blessed are those who understand. Life blossoms wherever water flows. Where tears are shed divine mercy is shown.
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.
Norris Chumley Tip of the Day
How much is too much? I don't know that I am full until my stomach begins to hurt. As a recovered compulsive overeater, I don’t have the ability to know when I’ve eaten too much. This is exactly why I need spiritual, mental, and physical assistance. Here’s what I do: I pray before I eat, during eating, and even after I’ve finished my meal. I pray for God’s will, and ask the power to know when to stop. God always helps me stop. Plus, I follow a structured food plan. I developed my own, the "Joy of Weight Loss" Food Plan. I have an allowance of food from all food groups for an entire day, and I keep track of what I eat. Sometimes I write a paper food log, other times I just keep track in my mind. Keeping a food log in a journal can help you develop an instinct as to how much to eat. Give it time and practice. Paying attention to my feelings also helps control my eating habits. If I feel stressed out, I try to do other things than eat to soothe my feelings. The moment I have a "full feeling" I ask God to help me stop eating. And I help myself: I immediately get up from the table, go to another room, and do something else. I find it usually takes 20 minutes for my stomach to tell my brain that I’m full. So I let 20 minutes go by after my first bite, and before I finish my meal. I chew really, really slowly and I enjoy each bite thoroughly. Make sure to do nothing else while eating, pay attention to your feelings, be appreciative of every morsel you eat, and always pray for God’s help!
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Relationship Quote of the Day
Father, I'm praying for myself and others
(name one or more) in my circle of family and
friends to become increasingly mature in Christ...
Some have been content not to grow. They've continued to live as infants in Christ, settling for the milk of the Word, not ready to move on to solid food—sometimes for years. Forgive them and change them; help them be willing to grow, to become more mature in their walk, their understanding, and their application of Your Word. (1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12-14)
Help all of us to see wonderful things in Your Word and be eager to live by Your rules, not ours. Direct our steps according to the Word; let no sin rule over us. (Psalm 119:18, 9, 133) Give us a genuine desire to grow beyond simple, elementary truth, becoming strong in our understanding, as we should. (Hebrews 6:1–3)
Grant us perseverance so we'll not only begin but continue to grow in Christ, so one day we'll be complete and not lack anything. Help us count the cost of time and energy and be willing to pay the price. (James 1:4; Luke 14:28)
May we choose to grow spiritually. In Jesus' name, amen.
- Jim & Kaye Johns
Source: "Prayers for the Moment: One-Minute Scripture Prayers" Copyright September 2006. Reprinted with permission of B&H Publishing Group