Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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Jesus the Light of the World

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.” Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.


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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 38:1-39:1

He made the altar for burnt offering of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide--square--and three cubits high. He made horns for it on its four corners, the horns being of one piece with it; and he overlaid it with copper. He made all the utensils of the altar--the pails, the scrapers, the basins, the flesh hooks, and the fire pans; he made all these utensils of copper. He made for the altar a grating of meshwork in copper, extending below, under its ledge, to its middle.

He cast four rings, at the four corners of the copper grating, as holders for the poles. He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with copper; and he inserted the poles into the rings on the side walls of the altar, to carry it by them. He made it hollow, of boards. He made the laver of copper and its stand of copper, from the mirrors of the women who performed tasks at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.

He made the enclosure: On the south side, a hundred cubits of hangings of fine twisted linen for the enclosure--10 with their twenty posts and their twenty sockets of copper, the hooks and bands of the posts being silver. On the north side, a hundred cubits--with their twenty posts and their twenty sockets of copper, the hooks and bands of the posts being silver. On the west side, fifty cubits of hangings--with their ten posts and their ten sockets, the hooks and bands of the posts being silver.

And on the front side, to the east, fifty cubits: fifteen cubits of hangings on the one flank, with their three posts and their three sockets, and fifteen cubits of hangings on the other flank--on each side of the gate of the enclosure--with their three posts and their three sockets.

All the hangings around the enclosure were of fine twisted linen. The sockets for the posts were of copper, the hooks and bands of the posts were of silver, the overlay of their tops was of silver; all the posts of the enclosure were banded with silver. The screen of the gate of the enclosure, done in embroidery, was of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen. It was twenty cubits long. Its height--or width--was five cubits, like that of the hangings of the enclosure. The posts were four; their four sockets were of copper, their hooks of silver; and the overlay of their tops was of silver, as were also their bands. All the pegs of the Tabernacle and of the enclosure round about were of copper.

These are the records of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of the Pact, which were drawn up at Moses' bidding--the work of the Levites under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest. Now Bezalel, son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, had made all that the Lord had commanded Moses; at his side was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, carver and designer, and embroiderer in blue, purple, and crimson yarns and in fine linen.

All the gold that was used for the work, in all the work of the sanctuary--the elevation offering of gold--came to 29 talents and 730 shekels by the sanctuary weight. The silver of those of the community who were recorded came to 100 talents and 1,775 shekels by the sanctuary weight: a half-shekel a head, half a shekel by the sanctuary weight, for each one who was entered in the records, from the age of twenty years up, 603,550 men.

The 100 talents of silver were for casting the sockets of the sanctuary and the sockets for the curtain, 100 sockets to the 100 talents, a talent a socket. And of the 1,775 shekels he made hooks for the posts, overlay for their tops, and bands around them.

The copper from the elevation offering came to 70 talents and 2,400 shekels. Of it he made the sockets for the entrance of the Tent of Meeting; the copper altar and its copper grating and all the utensils of the altar; the sockets of the enclosure round about and the sockets of the gate of the enclosure; and all the pegs of the Tabernacle and all the pegs of the enclosure round about.

Of the blue, purple, and crimson yarns they also made the service vestments for officiating in the sanctuary; they made Aaron's sacral vestments--as the Lord had commanded Moses.


From Parshat Va Yakhel/Pekudey. 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

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When a child dies, an angel comes down from heaven, takes the child in its arms and spreading out its large white wings visits all the places that had been particularly dear to the child. From the best loved place the angel gathers a handful of flowers, flying up again to heaven with them. Here they bloom more beautiful than on earth, but the flower which is most loved receives a voice so that it can join the song of the chorus of bliss.

-Hans Christian Andersen

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Better than if there were thousands of meaningless verses is one meaningful verse that on hearing brings peace. And better than chanting hundreds of meaningless verses is one Dhamma-saying that on hearing brings peace.

-Dhammapada, 8, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Meditation: Do Not Fear Death

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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Jesus isn't a logo. I'm not promoting some company, some brand. I'm just professing my faith.

-Stephen Baldwin

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Christian Quote of the Day

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It is not hard for the Lord to turn night into day. He that sends the clouds can as easily clear the skies. Let us be of good cheer.

-Charles Spurgeon

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Add a little romance to your life! Install dimmer switches on your lights. Not only will they extend the life of your bulbs and lower your electric bill, but they'll set the mood for cozy dinners.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.

-Gerry Sikorski

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.

-Martin Luther

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Health Quote of the Day

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You may be an extraordinarily good coper or you may find you have trouble just making it through some days. Either way, coping with cancer taxes you to the maximum. I believe you can benefit from knowing about the types of psychological help that are available and trying those that appeal to you.

-Jimmie C. Holland, M.D.

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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This supreme Goddess, Word, inspired by Brahman, by which the awe-inspiring is created, through her to us be peace!

Atharva Veda

From Teachings of the Hindu Mystics, © 2001 by Andrew Harvey. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Thought of the Day: In yearning for nothing, you will be free to enjoy what you do, free to see the patterns, free to hear the music in all things.

-Barbara Ann Kipfer

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

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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The Divine Presence is everywhere.

-Hoshaia Rabba. Talmud: Baba Bathra

Reprinted with permission from 'A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,' edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Since I understood four things, I have discarded all other knowledge. First, that my daily sustenance has already been apportioned to me and will neither increase nor decrease by my futile efforts, so I strive to increase it no more. Second, I alone and no one else can atone from my sins, so I devote myself to the Lord. Third, I know that I will never be able to escape death, which is in our pursuit, so I have prepared myself to meet him. Fourth, I know that God is observing me; therefore I refrain from doing what I must not do.

-Hatim al-Asamm, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

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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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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No matter what happens to us...we are lucky. We are lucky to be alive...to have problems and challenges… to have strengths and weaknesses… people who love us...a roof over our heads...our health. Take care of what you’ve got. Focus on the positive. Know that you are very, very fortunate, and things could indeed, be much worse! Therefore, treat yourself as a lucky person today and every day:

-Norris Chumley

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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The gift you offer another person is just your being.

-Ram Dass

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March 18, 2009
Prayer for Widows
Vienna Cobb Anderson
Most loving God, you know the pain and sorrow of death; mercifully hear our prayer for those who mourn the death of their beloved. The nights are lonely and the days are too long. Comfort them and bring an end to the days of tears. Bless them and bring an end to their days of sorrow. Renew them with the joy of life and bring to an end their days of mourning. Let the bond of love which you have for your people be the foundation of their hope that love never ends and that precious moments with our beloved are forever held dear in our hearts. Amen.