Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous next Zechariah 13:1-9

"On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

"And on that day, says the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more; and also I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. And if any one again appears as a prophet, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, 'You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD'; and his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies. On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; he will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, but he will say, 'I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the soil; for the land has been my possession since my youth.' And if one asks him, 'What are these wounds on your back?' he will say, 'The wounds I received in the house of my friends.'"

"Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me," says the LORD of hosts.

"Strike the shepherd, that the sheep may be scattered; I will turn my hand against the little ones. In the whole land, says the LORD, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive. And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 19:11-27. Find a Bible translation.


From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Genesis 30:14-30:27

Once, at the time of the wheat harvest, Reuben came upon some mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes." But she said to her, "Was it not enough for you to take away my husband, that you would also take my son's mandrakes?" Rachel replied, "I promise, he shall lie with you tonight, in return for your son's mandrakes." When Jacob came home from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, "You are to sleep with me, for I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." And he lay with her that night. God heeded Leah, and she conceived and bore him a fifth son. And Leah said, "God has given me my reward for having given my maid to my husband." So she named him Issachar. When Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son, Leah said, "God has given me a choice gift; this time my husband will exalt me, for I have borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun. Last, she bore him a daughter, and named her Dinah. Now God remembered Rachel; God heeded her and opened her womb. She conceived and bore a son, and said, "God has taken away my disgrace." So she named him Joseph, which is to say, "May the Lord add another son for me."

After Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Give me leave to go back to my own homeland. Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, that I may go; for well you know what services I have rendered you." But Laban said to him, "If you will indulge me, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me on your account."


From Parshat VaYetze. 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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May our joys be deep and our wounds be sacred. Post angels to protect us, Lord, from the demons that would divide our hearts. Now and forever. Amen.

-Marianne Williamson,
"Illuminated Prayers"

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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In the unthinkable, inscrutable, ordinary nature of reality there is no difference between freedom and bondage. No matter what arises, when you perceive your original nature, the joy arises automatically--and what joy!

-Shabkar, "The Flight Of The Garuda"

Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from "Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations," edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A, www.wisdompubs.org.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.

-Lauren Bacall

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Christian Quote of the Day

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We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another.

-William Law

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Create compost out of scraps of food and yard trimmings.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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You are my friend when you can guard my failure, challenge my thought and celebrate my success.

-Unknown (submitted by adanneo)

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them.

-C.S. Lewis

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Health Quote of the Day

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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

-Helen Keller

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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The god of creation, Brahma, Born of the Godhead through meditation Before the waters of life were created, Who stands in the heart of every creature, Is the Self indeed. For this Self is supreme!

Katha 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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Thought of the Day: The chores of daily life can be as beautiful as the sunset.

-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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The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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In each generation, every person is obliged to feel as though he or she personally came out of Egypt.

-Mishna Pesachim

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

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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If you are dependable, honest, virtuous, and content in Allah's will, no harm shall come your way.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abd’Allah bin Amr

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abd’Allah bin Amr

From "The Bounty of Allah." 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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When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal. 

-Author Unknown

TAGS: Relationships, Relationships Quotes, Pain, Lost Love, Heartbreak, Broken Heart

November 25, 2012
Fire Captain's Prayer
Author Unknown
Dear God,
Please guide me in my plight.
Help me think quickly, but safely.
Guild my hand to help those who are seeking knowledge.
Give me the wisdom to help the injured and the weak.
To help those who have no thrive for life.
Grant me the strength to fight the fire with assertive skill.
And God please grant me the ability to return home, to my family.
And, if in your wisdom I may give my life,
protect them from harm, no matter what the foe.