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Today's Bible Reading
previous next Psalm 65

Thanksgiving for Earth's Bounty
To the leader. A Psalm of David. A Song.
Praise is due to you,
O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,
O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come.
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions.
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
your holy temple.
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas.
By your strength you established the mountains;
you are girded with might.
You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide the people with grain,
for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.




Note: Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 13:36-43 Find a Bible translation.

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Genesis 18:15-18:33

Sarah lied, saying, "I did not laugh," for she was frightened. But He replied, "You did laugh."

The men set out from there and looked down toward Sodom, Abraham walking with them to see them off. Now the Lord had said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham is to become a great and populous nation and all the nations of the earth are to bless themselves by him? For I have singled him out, that he may instruct his children and his posterity to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is just and right, in order that the Lord may bring about for Abraham what He has promised him." Then the Lord said, "The outrage of Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave! I will go down to see whether they have acted altogether according to the outcry that has reached Me; if not, I will take note."

The men went on from there to Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Abraham came forward and said, "Will You sweep away the innocent along with the guilty? What if there should be fifty innocent within the city; will You then wipe out the place and not forgive it for the sake of the innocent fifty who are in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing, to bring death upon the innocent as well as the guilty, so that innocent and guilty fare alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?" And the Lord answered, "If I find within the city of Sodom fifty innocent ones, I will forgive the whole place for their sake." Abraham spoke up, saying, "Here I venture to speak to my Lord, I who am but dust and ashes: What if the fifty innocent should lack five? Will You destroy the whole city for want of the five?" And He answered, "I will not destroy if I find forty-five there." But he spoke to Him again, and said, "What if forty should be found there?" And He answered, "I will not do it, for the sake of the forty." And he said, "Let not my Lord be angry if I go on: What if thirty should be found there?" And He answered, "I will not do it if I find thirty there." And he said, "I venture again to speak to my Lord: What if twenty should be found there?" And He answered, "I will not destroy, for the sake of the twenty." And he said, "Let not my Lord be angry if I speak but this last time: What if ten should be found there?" And He answered, "I will not destroy, for the sake of the ten."

When the Lord had finished speaking to Abraham, He departed; and Abraham returned to his place.

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From Parshat VaYera. 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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How close do you feel right now to your angel? If you are finding it difficult to connect it is because you are holding back.

-Margaret Neylon


From the book, An Angel a Day by Margaret Neylon. © Margaret Neylon 2003. Published by arrangement with Thorsons / Element.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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"I, without grasping, will pass beyond sorrow, And I will attain nirvana," one says. Whoever grasps like this Has great grasping.

-Nagarjuna; Mulamadhyamaka-Karika


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

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Life isn't just about you. It's about family and friends and giving back.

-Reese Witherspoon


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Christian Quote of the Day

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The love I bear Christ is but a faint and feeble spark, but it is an emanation from himself: He kindled it and he keeps it alive; and because it is his work, I trust many waters shall not quench it.

-John Newton


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Next time you have extra time, lend your skills to an environmental organization. Local groups can always use your help.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

-Thomas Jefferson


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Nothing ousts the sense of God’s presence so thoroughly as the soul’s dialogues with itself-when there are grumblings, grievances, etc.

-Friedrich von Hügel


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Health Quote of the Day

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There is a word in Pali, "teju," which variously means heat and flame and potency and radiance and splendor. It is the power we embody if we dedicate our lives to the force of kindness, to transforming our intentions.

-Sharon Salzberg


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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The intense desire for God-realization is itself the way to it.

Sri Anadamayi MM

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

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Know that there's enough room for everyone to be passionate, creative, and successful. In fact, there's more than room for everyone; there's a need for everyone.

-Marianne Williamson


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

-Ellen Burstyn


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Moral action is the meeting place between the human and the divine.

-Leon Roth, "Jewish Thought...in Civilization"


Reprinted 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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Come, O lover! Come, let Me ease your suffering. Let Me be your friend; let Me improve your state. Come, O lover! Come, surrender yourself to Me that I may give you My life and make you rejoice once again.

-Rumi


Rumi, "The Life and Thought of Rumi"

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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Look around you, Spirit is everywhere. Big and powerful, tiny and invisible all at the same time, in harmony. See God in simple, little things: a dog’s tail wagging, a cat purring just because you’re near. A leaf falling from a tree, a weed struggling to root and grow. An innocent smile, a nod, someone saying "uh-huh." A job well done, the effort to try, a good intention. A light breeze on a hot day. A warm bath. Home-baked bread. Your Higher Power may be so omnipotent, awesome, powerful - but She’s also in the little things. Same as your weight loss program--your success is in the little things: eating a little less every meal, being a little active, taking a little time every day for meditation, contemplation, and appreciation.

-Norris Chumley


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Relationship Quote of the Day

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If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

-Mother Teresa


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 11/02/2009

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Keep My Mind Focused on Good Health

O Lord, I find it hard to remember what it was like
to be healthy.
Help me keep my mind focused on good health
and strength.
Let me be positive about the course of treatment
I am undergoing.
And let me always have faith, great faith,
in your presence in my life
and your glory in my health.

- Maureen Pratt

Source: Copyright (c) 2005 by Maureen Pratt. From "Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness" by Maureen Pratt, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

TAGS: Christian, Fear, Healing, Hope, Illness, Multifaith, Protestant

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