Quotes and Readings of the Day
Come down and sit in the dust, virgin daughter Babylon!
Sit on the ground without a throne,
For you shall no more be called
tender and delicate.
Take the millstones and grind meal,
remove your veil,
strip off your robe, uncover your legs,
pass through the rivers.
Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
and your shame shall be seen.
I will take vengeance,
and I will spare no one.
Our Redeemer—the LORD of hosts is his name—
is the Holy One of Israel.
Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
For you shall no more be called
the mistress of kingdoms.
I was angry with my people,
I profaned my heritage;
I gave them into your hand,
you showed them no mercy;
on the aged you made your yoke
You said, “I shall be mistress forever,”
so that you did not lay these things to heart
or remember their end.
Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,
who sit securely,
who say in your heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow
or know the loss of children”—
both these things shall come upon you
in a moment, in one day:
the loss of children and widowhood
shall come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries
and the great power of your enchantments.
You felt secure in your wickedness;
you said, “No one sees me.”
Your wisdom and your knowledge
led you astray,
and you said in your heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me.”
But evil shall come upon you,
which you cannot charm away;
disaster shall fall upon you,
which you will not be able to ward off;
and ruin shall come on you suddenly,
of which you know nothing.
Stand fast in your enchantments
and your many sorceries,
with which you have labored from your youth;
perhaps you may be able to succeed,
perhaps you may inspire terror.
You are wearied with your many consultations;
let those who studya the heavens
stand up and save you,
those who gaze at the stars,
and at each new moon predict
whatb shall befall you.
See, they are like stubble,
the fire consumes them;
they cannot deliver themselves
from the power of the flame.
No coal for warming oneself is this,
no fire to sit before!
Such to you are those with whom you have labored,
who have trafficked with you from your youth;
they all wander about in their own paths;
there is no one to save you.
Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 5:2-18. Find a Bible translation.
From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.
"'Yet you continue to thwart My people, and do not let them go! This time tomorrow I will rain down a very heavy hail, such as has not been in Egypt from the day it was founded until now. Therefore, order your livestock and everything you have in the open brought under shelter; every man and beast that is found outside, not having been brought indoors, shall perish when the hail comes down upon them!'" Those among Pharaoh's courtiers who feared the Lord's word brought their slaves and livestock indoors to safety; but those who paid no regard to the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the open.
The Lord said to Moses, "Hold out your arm toward the sky that hail may fall on all the land of Egypt, upon man and beast and all the grasses of the field in the land of Egypt." So Moses held out his rod toward the sky, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire streamed down to the ground, as the Lord rained down hail upon the land of Egypt. The hail was very heavy--fire flashing in the midst of the hail--such as had not fallen on the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. Throughout the land of Egypt the hail struck down all that were in the open, both man and beast; the hail also struck down all the grasses of the field and shattered all the trees of the field. Only in the region of Goshen, where the Israelites were, there was no hail.
Thereupon Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said to them, "I stand guilty this time. The Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. Plead with the Lord that there may be an end of God's thunder and of hail. I will let you go; you need stay no longer." Moses said to him, "As I go out of the city, I shall spread out my hands to the Lord; the thunder will cease and the hail will fall no more, so that you may know that the earth is the Lord's. But I know that you and your courtiers do not yet fear the Lord God." Now the flax and barley were ruined, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud; but the wheat and the emmer were not hurt, for they ripen late. Leaving Pharaoh, Moses went outside the city and spread out his hands to the Lord: the thunder and the hail ceased, and no rain came pouring down upon the earth. But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he became stubborn and reverted to his guilty ways, as did his courtiers. So Pharaoh's heart stiffened and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the Lord had foretold through Moses.
From Parshat Va'era. 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
Angelic beings have a free will--just as we have--but one that--unlike ours-–is totally focused on the will of God. This is the reason for their unbridled joy. They have found the secret of true contentment: thinking of and concentrating on God rather than themselves.
"Angels of God, Guardians Dear"
From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Buddhist Quote of the Day
The worthies of past ages all sought the truth and did not deceive themselves. They were not like moths throwing themselves into flames, destroying themselves in the process.
From "The Pocket Zen Reader," edited by Thomas Cleary, 1999. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.
Celebrity Quote of the Day
I always wanted to play Joan of Arc. Now I'm thinking, 'Maybe there's a story in Joan of Arc's mother!' If I don't hurry up, her grandmother!
Christian Quote of the Day
Eco-Tip of the Day
Instead of opening your oven door to check on your dinner, use the oven timer to measure how much more cooking needs to be done. If you open the oven before time is up, it takes more heat and energy to cook it – and more time before you get to chow down.
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Emotional Health Quote of the Day
Evangelical Quote of the Day
I believe that there are too many accommodating preachers… Jesus Christ didn’t say, ‘Go into the world and tell the world that it is quite right.’ The gospel is something completely different. In fact, is it directly opposed to the world.
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Hindu Quote of the Day
Dedicate yourself to the Lord of Life, Who is the cause of the cosmos. He will Remove the cause of all your suffering And free you from the bondage of karma.
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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Muslim Quote of the Day
The stories of the prophets in the Qur'an sadden the soul within its prison. The captive soul seeks freedom from ignorance. Look to the prophets, those souls freed from bonds. Their voices call from within their religions, "This is the way! Escape! Escape! This is the way we escaped. There is no other way but our way."
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.
Relationship Quote of the Day
Lord help me not to do for my children
what they can do for themselves
Help me not to give them
what they can earn for themselves
Help me not to tell them
what they can look up for themselves.
Help me to help my children stand on
their own two feet and to grow into
responsible, disciplined adults.
- Marian Wright Edelman
Source: Reprinted by the permission of Russell & Volkening as agents for the author. Copyright © 1995 Marian Wright Edelman