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Verse And Voice

Voice of the Day: Spiritual Discipline

The question we need to ask with any spiritual discipline is, What does God want to accomplish through this practice? ... Perhaps we can see, then, that the discipline of fasting has to do with the critical dynamic of accepting those limits which are life-restoring. Our culture would seduce us into believing that we can have it all, do it all, and (even more preposterous!) that we deserve it all. Yet in refusing to accept limits on our consumption or activity, we perpetuate a death-dealing [...]

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Verse of the Day: Peaceful Habitation

My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

Isaiah 32:18

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Voice of the Day: Coming Together With Others

I come together with others not out of need, but out of the recognition that they belong to the same heart I belong to, and that they cannot fulfill the deepest yearning of my heart. Why? Because God has created in me a heart that can only be satisfied by the One who created it.

Henri Nouwen
Lecture at Scarritt-Bennett Center

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Voice of the Day: Wendy M. Wright

We may not like the other but we are called to love. We may certainly not validate or condone his or her actions. But we are called into a radical sense of our interconnectedness as creatures and children of the same God. To perceive this deep level of interdependence, especially with those whose worlds are fashioned differently than our own or perhaps with those who would seek to harm or destroy our worlds, seems a nearly impossible task. Yet the Gospels prod us on.... At the furthest reaches [...]

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Verse of the Day: 'Shall the potter be regarded as the clay?'

Ha! You who hide a plan too deep for the Lord,
whose deeds are in the dark,
and who say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?"
You turn things upside down!
Shall the potter be regarded as the clay?
Shall the thing made say of its maker,
"He did not make me";
or the thing formed say of the one who formed it,
"He has no understanding"?

- Isaiah 29:15-16

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Voice of the Day: Henri Nouwen

It is hard for me to forgive someone who has really offended me, especially when it happens more than once. I begin to doubt the sincerity of the one who asks forgiveness for a second, third, or fourth time. But God does not keep count. God just waits for our return, without resentment or desire for revenge.

- Henri Nouwen
The Road to Daybreak

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Verse of the Day: 'The earth dries up and withers'

The earth dries up and withers,
the world languishes and withers;
the heavens languish together with the earth.
The earth lies polluted
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;

- Isaiah 24:4-6

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Verse of the Day: On Wisdom

And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a chasing after wind. For in much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 1:17-18

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Voice of the Day: On Prayer

[Prayer] is an invitation to recognize holiness, and to utter simple words-"Holy, Holy, Holy"-in response.... It is ordinary experience live with gratitude and wonder.

Kathleen Morris
Amazing Grace

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Voice of the Day: My Soul's House

My soul's house is cramped. Expand it, so that you may enter in. It is in ruins. Restore it. It must offend your eyes. I confess and know it, but who will cleanse it? To whom shall I cry but to you? Clear me from hidden faults, O Lord.

- St. Augustine
Hungering for God: Selected Writings of Augustine

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