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Today's Bible Reading
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Psalm 39


Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness


To the leader: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

I said, “I will guard my ways

that I may not sin with my tongue;

I will keep a muzzle on my mouth

as long as the wicked are in my presence.”

I was silent and still;

I held my peace to no avail;

my distress grew worse,

my heart became hot within me.

While I mused, the fire burned;

then I spoke with my tongue:

“LORD, let me know my end,

and what is the measure of my days;

let me know how fleeting my life is.

You have made my days a few handbreadths,

and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.

Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Selah

Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.

Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;

they heap up, and do not know who will gather.

“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?

My hope is in you.

Deliver me from all my transgressions.

Do not make me the scorn of the fool.

I am silent; I do not open my mouth,

for it is you who have done it.

Remove your stroke from me;

I am worn down by the blowsa of your hand.

“You chastise mortals

in punishment for sin,

consuming like a moth what is dear to them;

surely everyone is a mere breath. Selah

“Hear my prayer, O LORD,

and give ear to my cry;

do not hold your peace at my tears.

For I am your passing guest,

an alien, like all my forebears.

Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,

before I depart and am no more.”

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Mark 3:19b-35. 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 Exodus 6:14-6:28

The following are the heads of their respective clans.

The sons of Reuben, Israel's first-born: Enoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi; those are the families of Reuben. The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Saul the son of a Canaanite woman; those are the families of Simeon. These are the names of Levi's sons by their lineage: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari; and the span of Levi's life was 137 years. The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, by their families. The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel; and the span of Kohath's life was 133 years. The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites by their lineage.

Amram took to wife his father's sister Jochebed, and she bore him Aaron and Moses; and the span of Amram's life was 137 years. The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri. Aaron took to wife Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. Those are the families of the Korahites. And Aaron's son Eleazar took to wife one of Putiel's daughters, and she bore him Phinehas. Those are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites by their families.

It is the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, "Bring forth the Israelites from the land of Egypt, troop by troop." It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt to free the Israelites from the Egyptians; these are the same Moses and Aaron. For when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt.

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From Parshat Va'era. 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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The angels in our midst are signposts of hope that our transformation--and that of the whole world--is possible. Heaven is not a galaxy away, they say; it's here; the kingdom of God is here, in your very midst--and here we are to prove it. The barriers are not insuperable. Your problems are not insoluble. God is as near as your brother.

-Eileen Elias Freeman,
"Touched by Angels"


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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Whoever does no wrong in body, speech, heart; is restrained in these three ways: he's what I call a brahmin.

-Dhammapada, 391, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu


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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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There is a spirit in us that makes our brass to blare and our cymbals crash--all, of course, supported by the practicalities of trained lung power, throat, heart, guts.

-Laurence Olivier


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...

-1 Peter 1:3 (Revised Standard Version)


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Health Quote of the Day

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Your only obligation in any life-time is to be true to yourself.

-Richard Bach


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Yesterday I lived bewildered, in illusion. But now I am awake, flawless and serene, beyond the world. From my light the body and the world arise. So all things are mine, or nothing is.

Ashtavakra Gita

From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.

-Simone Weil


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.

-Sandra Carey


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Provoke not one of another belief.

-Asher b. Yehiel, "Hanhaga"


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 light of God is an ornament of wisdom. That is the meaning of "light upon light." The light of reason draws toward the earth. The light of God carries you aloft. Things of reason are of the lower world. The light of God is an ocean, reason merely a dewdrop.

-Rumi


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

From "The Bounty of Allah," 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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Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.

-J.K. Rowling


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January 20, 2013
Thank You for My Life
Debbie Gisonni
Dear God, thank you for my life on this earth, however challenging or not.

Thank you for giving me free will to love and be loved, to make my own decisions, to learn from my mistakes, to laugh when I am happy, to cry when I am sad.

Thank you for my family, my friends, my pets, my colleagues, and for every other living creature I meet along my journey.

Thank you for giving me strength to overcome adversity, to do what's right for the benefit of the greater good, to rise above negativity.

Thank you for giving me hope for an end to world suffering, pain, and war, for a beginning of a world filled with light and everlasting love.
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