Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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Jesus Weeps
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”


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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Leviticus 8:30-8:36

And Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar and sprinkled it upon Aaron and upon his vestments, and also upon his sons and upon their vestments. Thus he consecrated Aaron and his vestments, and also his sons and their vestments.

Moses said to Aaron and his sons: Boil the flesh at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and eat it there with the bread that is in the basket of ordination--as I commanded: Aaron and his sons shall eat it; and what is left over of the flesh and the bread you shall consume in fire. You shall not go outside the entrance of the Tent of Meeting for seven days, until the day that your period of ordination is completed. For your ordination will require seven days. Everything done today, the Lord has commanded to be done [seven days], to make expiation for you.

You shall remain at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting day and night for seven days, keeping the Lord's charge--that you may not die--for so I have been commanded.

And Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord had commanded through Moses.


From Parshat Tsav. 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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Angels sometimes block our path because we are heading in the wrong direction.

-Ann Spangler,
"An Angel a Day"

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

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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From this point on you really know. This is called the pinnacle of Zen, the sovereignty of Zen. It is also called knowledge of what is knowable; it produces all the various states of meditation, and anoints the heads of all spiritual princes. In all fields of form, sound, fragrance, flavor, feeling, and phenomena, you realize complete perfect enlightenment. Inside and outside are in complete communion, without any obstruction at all.

-Pai-chang, "The Sphere of the Enlightened"

From "The Pocket Zen Reader," edited by Thomas Cleary, 1999. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

Christian Quote of the Day

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Love more persons more--love them more impersonally, more unselfishly, without thought of return. The return, never fear, will take care of itself.

-Henry Drummond

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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After your morning cup, unplug your coffee machine. Even appliances that are turned off consume energy when they're plugged in.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world.

-Thomas Merton

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.

-Karl Barth

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Health Quote of the Day

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A Hospital is no place to be sick.

---Samuel Goldwyn

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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"'You are the creator and destroyer, And our protector. You shine as the sun In the sky; you are the source of all light. "'When you pour yourself down as rain on earth, Every living creature is filled with joy And knows food will be abundant for all.'"

Prashna Upanishad

Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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So my voice becomes a breath and a shout. One prepares the way, the other surrounds my loneliness with angels.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

-G.K. Chesterton

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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You shall not place a stumbling block in front of a blind man; You shall fear God.

-Leviticus 19:14

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

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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I surrender myself to no other god but God. If He desires my bloodshed, then so be it! I have no fear. I may be disgraced in your world; before God honor will be mine. A laughing stock in the eyes of the world, in God's eyes cherished and acclaimed.


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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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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What do you do if small portions don't fill you up? I recommend eating six small meals throughout the day: one serving (USDA Food Guide Pyramid size) of grains, protein (meat or dairy), and a fruit or vegetable. This means eating every 3-4 hours. When you do that, you're rarely hungry. Be sure to drink a tall glass of water before you start every meal. Also, wait 20 minutes after the meal for your stomach to signal your brain that you're full. If you are still ravenous and must have seconds--have more vegetables or fruit. One more truth: it takes at least a month for your body and soul to adjust to this new conscious, healthy eating lifestyle. Don’t forget you are building a new relationship with eating, and your body. So be patient. And don’t forget to ask for help. Call a friend who is joining you in developing new, healthy lifestyle habits. Or call on your Higher Power (God, Nature, Spirit as you feel comfortable).

-Norris Chumley

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.

-Sam Levenson

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April 4, 2009
Prayer for Strength After a Stroke
Vienna Cobb Anderson
Have mercy, O loving God,
upon all who have suffered a stroke.
Remove the sudden fear that befalls them.
Endow them with courage in the struggle
to recover what has been lost.
Grant them strength and hope
to envision new days ahead
and a spirit of faith
to take the risk of living fully
once again.