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Today's Bible Reading
previous next Isaiah 2:12-22

For the LORD of hosts has a day
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up and high;
against all the cedars of Lebanon,
lofty and lifted up;
and against all the oaks of Bashan;
against all the high mountains,
and against all the lofty hills;
against every high tower,
and against every fortified wall;
against all the ships of Tarshish,
and against all the beautiful craft.
The haughtiness of people shall be humbled,
and the pride of everyone shall be brought low;
and the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.
The idols shall utterly pass away.
Enter the caves of the rocks
and the holes of the ground,
from the terror of the LORD,
and from the glory of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
On that day people will throw away
to the moles and to the bats
their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
which they made for themselves to worship,
to enter the caverns of the rocks
and the clefts in the crags,
from the terror of the LORD,
and from the glory of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
Turn away from mortals,
who have only breath in their nostrils,
for of what account are they?



Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 20:27-40. 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 33:6-33:20

Then the maids, with their children, came forward and bowed low; next Leah, with her children, came forward and bowed low; and last, Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed low; And he asked, "What do you mean by all this company which I have met?"

He answered, "To gain my lord's favor." Esau said, "I have enough, my brother; let what you have remain yours." But Jacob said, "No, I pray you; if you would do me this favor, accept from me this gift; for to see your face is like seeing the face of God, and you have received me favorably. Please accept my present which has been brought to you, for God has favored me and I have plenty." And when he urged him, he accepted.

And [Esau] said, "Let us start on our journey, and I will proceed at your pace." But he said to him, "My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds, which are nursing, are a care to me; if they are driven hard a single day, all the flocks will die. Let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I travel slowly, at the pace of the cattle before me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."

Then Esau said, "Let me assign to you some of the men who are with me." But he said, "Oh no, my lord is too kind to me!" So Esau started back that day on his way to Seir. But Jacob journeyed on to Succoth, and built a house for himself and made stalls for his cattle; that is why the place was called Succoth.

Jacob arrived safe in the city of Shechem which is in the land of Canaan--having come thus from Paddan-aram--and he encamped before the city. The parcel of land where he pitched his tent he purchased from the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred kesitahs. He set up an altar there, and called it El-elohe-yisrael.

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From Parshat VaYishlach. 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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Let seraph's gain the bright abode, and heaven's sublimest mansions see—I only bow to Nature's God—the land of shades will do for me.

-Philip Freneau,
"The Indian Student"


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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Even though the training in ethics takes many forms, the ethics of abandoning the ten non-virtues is their basis. Of the ten non-virtues, three pertain to bodily actions, four to verbal actions, and three to mental actions. The four verbal non-virtues are: 1. Lying: deceiving others through spoken words or physical gestures. 2. Divisiveness: creating dissension by causing those in agreement to disagree still further. 3. Harshness: abusing others. 4. Senselessness: talking about foolish things motivated by desire and so forth. The opposite of these ten non-virtues are the ten virtues, and engaging in them is called the practice of ethics.

From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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Some [songs] are infused with the radiance of truth, and those are the ones that I think come from that unified field, from God, from what I think of as God. That doesn't mean I'm extra special, by the way. That means everyone has access to it.

-Rosanne Cash


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Christian Quote of the Day

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Good Friday is the mirror held up by Jesus...it turns us to that cross and to his eyes and we hear these words, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

-Robert G. Trache


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Buy a drying machine with a moisture sensor to make sure that you don't over dry your clothes, wasting time spent on laundry and energy.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Do your best; leave the rest; angels do no more.

-Unknown?


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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MAN: An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be.

-Ambrose Bierce


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Health Quote of the Day

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The entire law is summed up in a single command, "Love your neighbor as yourself."

-Galatians 5:14 (NIV)


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Indra and Virochana went away satisfied. But Prajapati said to himself: "They have seen the Self, but they have not recognized the Self. They mistake the Self to be the body. Those who think the Self is the body will lose their way in life."

Chandogya 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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It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.

-James Schuyler


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.

-Dr. Seuss


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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The good will always claim victory over the beautiful.

-Heinrich Heine, "Briefe aus Berlin"


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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The Almighty Allah judges you neither by your countenance nor your wealth, but by the purity of your hearts and your deeds.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah


The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah

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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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

-Voltaire


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December 2, 2012
Prayer for Those With Dementia
Vienna Cobb Anderson
Pour your grace, O loving God,
upon all suffering with dementia.
It is frustrating
not to find a word;
it is fearful
to lose one's memories.
Bless them with patience,
a loving and supporting family,
and days of hope and accomplishment.
In Christ's name we pray.
Amen.
Related Topics:  Aging, Christian, Healing, Illness, Protestant
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