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Today's Bible Reading
previous next 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

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 1:18-2:10

So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, letting the boys live?" The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women: they are vigorous. Before the midwife can come to them, they have given birth." And God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and increased greatly. And because the midwives feared God, He established households for them. Then Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, "Every boy that is born you shall throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."

A certain man of the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw how beautiful he was, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer, she got a wicker basket for him and caulked it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child into it and placed it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. And his sister stationed herself at a distance, to learn what would befall him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the Nile, while her maidens walked along the Nile. She spied the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to fetch it. When she opened it, she saw that it was a child, a boy crying. She took pity on it and said, "This must be a Hebrew child." Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get you a Hebrew nurse to suckle the child for you?" And Pharaoh's daughter answered, "Yes." So the girl went and called the child's mother.

And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will pay your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, who made him her son. She named him Moses, explaining, "I drew him out of the water."

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From Parshat Shemot. 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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Our angels cradle our every prayer in their hands, laying it confidently before the throne of God.

-Eileen Elias Freeman,
"The Angels' Little Instruction Book"


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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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"How can I tell that you are an enlightened person?" asked Sela the brahman of the Buddha. "I know what should be known," answered the Buddha, "and what should be cultivated, I have cultivated. What should be abandoned, I have let go, In this way, O brahman, I am awake."

-Sutta Nipata


From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I'm a person with Catholic roots who wishes to go across the lines of religion and embrace other people.

-Jon Voight


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Christian Quote of the Day

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Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them

-Leo Tolstoy


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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If you have a home water heater, make sure the temperature is below 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on heating.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

-Benjamin Franklin


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility.

-T.S. Eliot


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Health Quote of the Day

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Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

-Mother Teresa


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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What is as difficult to secure as friendship? And what greater security is there against foes? Among wise men, friendship waxes like the crescent moon; Among fools it wanes as surely as the full moon must.

Tirukkural 79:781-782

Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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A poem is a serious joke, a truth that has learned jujitsu.

-William Stafford


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

-Winston Churchill


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are home-born in Israel shall dwell in booths; that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am HaShem your God.

-Leviticus 23:42-43


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Muslim Quote of the Day

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A believer is never tired of hearing about good deeds until he enters Paradise.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Abu Sayeed al-Khodri


The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Abu Sayeed al-Khodri

Hadith translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Love is to see what is good and beautiful in everything. It is to learn from everything, to see the gifts of God and the generosity of God in everything. It is to be thankful for all God's bounties.

-Sheikh Muzaffer


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December 20, 2010
Prayer for Those in the Armed Services
O God of Mercy, we beg You now to protect in a special way those who are fighting for us and for the country we love. Bless them and take care of them. If they are tired, give them strength. If they are wounded and suffering, give them comfort. If they are lonely, touch them with Your gentle hand and let them know that You are near them. Grant them strength, wisdom and help through Your power and Your limitless love. Amen.
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