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We were born
to make manifest
the glory of God that is within
not just in some
of us, it's in everyone.
God will of necessity always be a hidden God.
His loudest cry is silence. If he does not manifest
himself to us,
we will say that he hides himself. And if
he manifests himself,
we will accuse him of veiling
himself. Ah! it is not easy for God to make himself known
majority of us do not enthrone God, we
enthrone common sense.
We make our decisions
and then ask the real God to bless our God's decision.
sun and moon to distinguish the seasons,
and day and
night; and we cannot have the fruits of the earth
their seasons. But God hath made no decrees
distinguish the seasons
of His mercies. In Paradise
fruits were ripe the first minute,
and in heaven
always autumn. His mercies are ever in their maturity.
is bigger than any problem. God in you is greater than any difficulty you have to
meet. God cares for you more than it is possible
for any human being to realize. God can help you in
proportion to the degree in which you worship him.
worship God by really putting your trust in him instead
of in outer conditions,
or in fear, or in depression, or
in seeming dangers, and so forth. You worship God
by recognizing his presence everywhere,
in all people and
conditions that you meet; and by praying regularly. You pray well when you pray with joy.
I can see, and that is why I can be
happy, in what you call the dark,
but which to me is
golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man-made world.
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For many people, God
is a frightening idea. Asking God for help doesn't
very comforting if we think of Him as something outside
or judgmental. But God is love
and He dwells within us.
We are created in His image,
mind, which means that we are extensions
of His love, or
Sons and Daughters of God. . . .
Rather than accepting
that we are the
loving beings that He created, we have
that we could create ourselves, and then create God. We
have made up
a God in our image. Because we are angry and
projected those characteristics onto
Him. But God remains who He is
and always will be: He is
the energy, the thought of unconditional love.
think with anger or judgment.
He is mercy and compassion
and total acceptance.
child, and peace attend thee,
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night;
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping,
Love alone his watch is keeping--
All through the night.
Old Welsh Air
someone were to ask me whether I believed in God, or saw
or had a particular relationship with God, I would
I don't separate God from my world in my
I feel that God is everywhere. That's why I
never feel separated
from God or feel I must seek God,
any more than a fish in the ocean
feels it must seek
water. In a sense, God is the "ocean" in which
our first, most immature relationship with God,
God as the big parent in the sky,
flock of angels that supports us. Based on this relationship, we
grow and come to know
and our abilities. We begin
to use the support
we have received
in our life to serve. And as
our children, as we serve society,
as we serve the
as we serve our soul,
we gradually discover ourselves
be pure instruments in the service of God.
|God doesn't dwell on
some distant cloud. God doesn't live in the church or in
the temple or within the crystals, crosses and statues
that we imbue with attributes of the divine. And God
doesn't need our pleas or even our praise. To prostrate
ourselves and plead for the things we want doesn't draw
them nearer to us. Beseeching a faraway God only
engenders feelings of separation and alienation. It is
practicing the absence, not the presence, of God.
God is right here, wherever you are. God is
within you and everywhere around you. God is omnipresent
and omniscient. You never have to beg or bargain with God
for anything. The Holy Spirit knows your needs even
before you do. And it is God's very nature to fulfill
your needs, at the time and in the manner that is best
for you. There are many lessons we must learn in our
lifetime, but none is more essential to our happiness
than this one.
We never have to entreat God to be more kind
and benevolent. God is kindness and benevolence. The very
substance of God is love--the love that created you and
me and all living things. It is the love within the
little acorn that becomes the great oak tree, the love
that protects the lilies of the field. God is the love
that is breathing for you, the love that is beating your
of the most powerful concepts, one which is a sure cure
for lack of
confidence, is the thought that God is with
you and helping you. This is
one of the simplest
teachings in religion, namely, that Almighty God will
your companion, will stand by you, help you, and see you
other idea is so powerful in developing self-confidence
as this simple belief
when practiced. To practice it
simply affirm "God is with me; God is helping
God is guiding me." Spend several minutes each day
presence. Then practice believing that
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that life is given us so we may grow in love,
and I believe
that God is in me as the sun is in the colour
of a flower--the Light in my darkness, the
Voice in my silence.
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The highest condition of the
religious sentiment is when. . .
not only sees God everywhere,
sees nothing which is not full of God.
Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of
omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
best way to know God
is to love many things.
Vincent van Gogh
once heard a man say he knew there was a God, he just didn’t think he
Him. It is nice to take care of yourself and be independent, but it is also
to know that you have a resource to rely on in times of need. If you are used to
fending entirely for yourself, then when a
you will expend
a lot of energy looking for help at a time
when you need your energy looking for
help at a time
when you need your energy for creative work.
I have never understood why it should be
to the Creator to suppose that He has a
sense of humor.
heavens are not filled with hostility.
The sky does not
express a frown.
When I look up I do not contemplate a face
of brass, but the face of infinite good will. Yet
when I was a child,
many a picture has made me think of God as suspicious, inhumanly
watchful, always looking round the corner to catch me at the fall.
That “eye,” placed in the sky of many a picture, and placed there
to represent God, filled my heart with chilling fear. . . . Heaven
with good will toward us!
Our God not only wishes good, he wills it!
John Henry Jowett
tragic mistake that is often made is to assume that the will of God
is bound to be something very dull and uninviting, if not positively
Consciously or not some persons look upon God as a
hard taskmaster, or a severe parent. . . . The truth is that the will of
for us always means greater freedom, greater self-expression, newer and
brighter experience, wider opportunity of service to others—life more
substitute tradition for the living experience
of the love of
talk and think as though walking with God was attained
by walking in the
footsteps of people who walked with God.
an old saying that God made us in His image,
been trying to return the favor ever since. People often view God
in a human image. This God
changes His mind, gets upset, answers
but not others, loves some people but not others.
But even with that limited image, if we pray sincerely,
eventually realize that God is changeless.
same all the time
because He's not in time--time is in Him.
God, you see, loves us in a way the
world does not: unconditionally.
Without an agenda. With no
fine print that says He loves us now,
but it’s only an introductory-rate offer that will change after six
based on prime interest rates. With
no campaign promise that He’ll
but only if we vote for Him or give to His campaign fund.
prenuptial agreement that says He’ll love us, but just in
let’s put together a contract.
Grace promises that
eternal life awaits not those who live a perfect
life, say so many Hail Marys, never miss church, or donate so
much money. It
awaits those who
believe with a childlike faith.
priest friend of mine has cautioned me away from the standard God
of our childhoods, who loves you and guides you and then, if you
are bad, roasts you:
God as a high school principal in a gray suit who
never remembered your name but is always leafing unhappily through your
is of course evident that everything in one’s religious life depends
upon the sort of God one worships.
The character of the worshiper
must necessarily be molded by the character of the object worshipped.
If it is a cruel and revengeful God, or a selfish and unjust God,
the worshiper will be cruel, and revengeful, and selfish,
and unjust, also.
If it is a loving, tender, forgiving,
unselfish God, the worshiper will be loving, and tender,
and forgiving, and unselfish, as well.
Hannah Whitall Smith
seems to be a general belief that the will
of God is to make
things distasteful for us,
like taking bad-tasting medicine when
we are sick,
or going to the dentist.
Somebody needs to tell
us that the sunrise is also God’s
There is the
time of harvest, the harvest which will
food and clothes for us, without which life could
sustained on earth.
God ordered the
seasons—they are his will.
In fact, the good
things in life far outweigh the bad.
more sunrises than cyclones.
Charles L. Allen
God doesn't do the work for you; he does the
work through you.
It's not enough to look up; you must also look within.
not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal
but we die on the day when our lives cease to be
by the steady radiance,
renewed daily, of a
the source of which is beyond all reason.
we breathe is necessary to keep us alive, but we must continually
breathe it out so we can breathe fresh air back into our lungs.
us his love, which we can keep in action by breathing it out to others,
making room in our hearts for a fresh supply of love.
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wrong it is to use God as a stop-gap for the incompleteness
of our knowledge. . . . We are to find God in what we know, not in
what we don't know; God wants us to realize his presence, not in
unsolved problems but in those that are solved. . . . God is no
stop-gap; he must be recognized as the center of life, not when
we are at the end of our resources.
Where were you, God
of kindness, in Auschwitz? What was going on in heaven,
at the celestial tribunal, while your children were marked for
and death only because they were Jewish?
These questions have been haunting me for more than five decades.
At one point, I began wondering whether I was not unfair with
you. After all,
Auschwitz was not something that came down ready-made from heaven.
conceived by men, implemented by men, staffed by men. And their
aim was to destroy
not only us but you as well. Ought we not to think of your pain,
too? Watching your
children suffer at the hands of your other children, haven't you also
Let us make up, Master of the Universe.
In spite of everything that happened? Yes, in spite.
Let us make up: For the child in
me, it is unbearable to be divorced from you so long.
The New York Times
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God is alive in
flowers and snowflakes, in sunsets and rainbows,
flash of lightning and the crash of thunder, in the calm
in the eye of the hurricane. Wherever there is life there
God is not far off on a throne in the sky;
He is alive today
in all men who walk the earth. He is
the life that surrounds
and penetrates us here and now. God is alive in people. . . .
God is not a static image; He lives in
everything and everyone.
He is in the flight of an eagle
and in the writing of a sonnet.
He is everywhere. He is
in the farthest star and the newborn baby.
survive the denial of men and the blast of nuclear
Let us affirm the invincibility of God--for
God is life eternal.