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Verse And Voice

Voice of the Day: On Forgiving

The test of forgiving lies with healing the lingering pain of the past, not with forgetting that the past ever happened.

Lewis B. Smedes
Forgive and Forget

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Voice of the Day: On Community

Too many people come into community to find something, to belong to a dynamic group, to find a life which approaches the ideal. If we come into community without knowing that the reason we come is to discover the mystery of forgiveness, we will soon be disappointed.

Jean Vanier
Community and Growth

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Verse of the Day: 'Your princes are rebels'

Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
They do not defend the orphan,
and the widow's cause does not come before them

Isaiah 1:23
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Verse of the Day: 'There was not a needy person among them'

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as [...]

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Voice of the Day: On God's Work

Gradually, the deep ambiguity of human life was turned from a burdensome into a freeing mystery. Freed from my energetic desire to constantly "get it" and "keep it together," I could genuinely allow God to work in and through my abjections, not to make them better or neaten them up, but to allow me to be more compassionate, to judge others less, to serve them better.

Wendy M. Wright
The Rising

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Mother Teresa's Advent Light

When I went to check my post office box after Thanksgiving, among the pile of mail waiting for me were review copies of Dinesh D'Souza's What's So Great about Christianity and Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light.


I first [...]

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Verse of the Day: The Spirit of the Lord

Who has directed the spirit of the Lord,
or as his counselor has instructed him?
Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,
and who taught him the path of justice?
Who taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as dust on the scales;
see, he takes up the isles like fine dust.

- Isaiah 40:13-15

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Verse of the Day: Waiting For Light

Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us;
we wait for light, and lo! there is darkness;
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

Isaiah 59:9

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Voice of the Day: On Prophets

We still need prophets to summon us back to the spiritual roots of wholeness and peace. We still need broadcasters of God's word and magnifiers of God's truth, so that we will understand and turn and be healed.

- Kenneth L. Waters, Sr.
I Saw the Lord [...]

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Verse of the Day: 'our salvation in the time of trouble'

O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.
Be our arm every morning,
our salvation in the time of trouble.

- Isaiah [...]

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