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Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: 'Let them curse, but you will bless'

Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love.
Let them know that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it.
Let them curse, but you will bless.
Let my assailants be put to shame; may your servant be glad.

- Psalm 109:26-28

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Voice of the Day: John A. Stroman

What unspeakable comfort and strength is ours to know that in the midst of all our mischief, amid our scheming and bad speculations, regardless of our shaping, misshaping or reshaping of life, with all of our activities and failures, God is among us. God is not a graven image of our own longings and shortcomings. Rather God, through Christ, is among us as friend, advocate, savior, and above all as our living Lord, to correct, to forgive, to comfort, to love, and to heal.

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Voice of the Day: Thomas Berry

There is an awe and reverence du to the stars in the heavens, the sun, and all heavenly bodies; to the seas and the continents; to all living forms of trees and flowers; to the myriad expressions of life in the sea; to the animals of the forests and the birds of the air. To wantonly destroy a living species is to silence forever a divine voice.

- Thomas Berry
The Dream of the Earth

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Verse of the Day: 'Where is the one who is wise?'

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.

- 1 Corinthians 1:20-21
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Voice of the Day: Annie Dillard

A blur of romance clings to notions of "publicans," "sinners," "the poor," "the people in the marketplace," "our neighbors," as though of course God should reveal himself, if at all, to these simple people, these Sunday school watercolor figures who are so purely themselves in their tattered robes, who are single in themselves, while we now are various, complex, and full at heart.... Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? There is no one but us. There [...]

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Verse of the Day: On Joy

Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

- Psalm 30:5-5

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voice of the Day: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

No abyss of evil can hide from [Jesus] through whom the world is reconciled with God. But the abyss of God's love encompasses even the most abysmal godlessness of the world.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Meditations on the Cross

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Verse of the Day: 'does the Lord not see?'

When all the prisoners of the land
are crushed under foot,
when human rights are perverted
in the presence of the Most High,
when one's case is subverted
--does the Lord not see it?

- Lamentations 3:34-36

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Verse of the Day: Consult the Lord!

Alas for those who go down to Egypt for help
and who rely on horses,
who trust in chariots because they are many
and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
or consult the Lord!
Yet he too is wise and brings disaster;
he does not call back his words,
but will rise against the house of the evildoers,
and against the helpers of those who work iniquity.

- Isaiah 31:1-2

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Voice of the Day: On Prayer

Prayer is a participation in willing God's will.

- Marjorie J. Thompson
Soul Feast

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