Monasteries of the Heart

Photo Lectio

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In the shadow of your wings
I will make my refuge.
— Psalm 57:1

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God be merciful to us
and bless us,
and cause Your face
to shine upon us.
— Psalm 67:1

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Your righteousness
is like
the great mountains.
— Psalm 36:6

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Teach a child
to follow the right path,
and when they are older,
they will remain upon it.
— Proverbs 22:6

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The righteous shall flourish
like a palm tree.
— Psalm 92:12

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My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
— Psalm 42:2

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Beloved,
if God so loved us,
we ought also
to love one another.
— 1 John 4:11

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Children
are a gift of God!
— Psalm 127:3

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Truly my soul
silently waits for God;
from God
comes my salvation.
— Psalm 62:1

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I am the vine,
and you are the branches.
— John 15:5

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There is a time for everything:
A time to laugh...
— Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

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You are my God,
I will exalt you.
— Psalm 118:28

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Enter into God's gates
with thanksgiving,
and into God's courts
with praise.
— Psalm 100:4

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If the eye is clear,
the whole of your body
will be lit up.
— Matthew 6:22

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Give thanks
at the remembrance
of God's holy name.
— Psalm 97:12

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See what love God has given us
that we should be called
children of God.
— 1 John 3:1

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The heavens declare
the glory of God.
— Psalm 19:1

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O God, how manifold
are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all.
— Psalm 104:24

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I will praise You, O God,
with my whole heart.
— Psalm 9:1

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God is my rock, and there is
no unrighteousness in God.
— Psalm 92:15

Do everything possible
on your part
to live in peace with everyone.
— Romans 12:18

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You have been a shelter for me,
a strong tower from the enemy.
— Psalm 61:3

You will show me
the path of life.
— Psalm 16:11

How beautiful
upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger
who announces peace...
— Isaiah 52:7

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The voice of God
is full of majesty.
— Psalm 29:4

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O God, my strength
and my Redeemer.
— Psalm 19:14

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They who trust in God,
mercy shall surround them.
— Psalm 32:10

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Great is God,
and greatly to be praised.
— Psalm 48:1

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How awesome
are Your works!
— Psalm 48:1

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Trust also in God,
and God shall bring it to pass.
— Psalm 37:5

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Call upon Me
in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you,
and you shall glorify me.
— Psalm 50:15

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The mountains
will bring peace
to the people.
— Psalm 72:3

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Do not be afraid.
— Luke 2:10

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You, O God,
are most high
above all the earth.
— Psalm 97:9

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From the rising of the sun
to its setting,
God's name is to be praised.
— Psalm 113:2

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You crown the year
with Your Goodness.
— Psalm 65:11

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I will remember
the everlasting covenant
between me and all
living beings on earth.
This is a sign
of the promise.
— Genesis 9:16

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O Worker of Wonders!
You are our strength!
You are our song!
— Exodus15:11,19

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It is in deep solitude
that I find the gentleness
with which I can truly love
my brothers and sisters.
— Thomas Merton

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The treasure we possess
in earthen vessels
to make it clear
that its surpassing power
comes from God
and not from us.
— 2 Corinthians 4:7

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Trees do bend
though straight and tall.
So must we
to others' call.
— Gregory Norbert

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With God
there is
no favoritism.
— Romans 2:11

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All that matters
is that one
is created anew.
— Galatians 6:15

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My peace
is my gift to you.
— John 14:27

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Our God
is a consuming fire.
— Hebrews 12:29

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Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf is a flower.
— Albert Camus

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A voice came from heaven
"You are my beloved.
I am pleased with you."
— Luke 3:22

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The wind blows where it wills
and you can hear
the sound it makes.
but you do not know where
it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone
who is born of the spirit.
— John 3:8

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You can tell a tree
by its fruit.
— Matthew 7:20

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Who can be grim in the face
of such abundance?
There is nothing to compare,
no need for beauty to compete.
— Lynn Ungar

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I have plans
to give you a future
full of hope.
— Jeremiah 29:11

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Let your love
for one another
be constant
for love covers
a multitude of sins.
— 1 Peter 4:8

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I am the vine
and you are the branches.
Live in me and
you will produce abundantly.
— John 15:5

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How deep are the riches
and wisdom
and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable God's ways!
— Romans 11:33

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The world
that is around us
is also within us.
We eat, drink,
and breathe it.
— Wendell Berry

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The birds do not sow or reap
yet God feeds them.
Are you not
more important than they?
— Matthew 7:26

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We are God's
work of art.
— Ephesians 2:9

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Come to me,
all you who are weary
and carry heavy burdens
and I will refresh you.
— Matthew 11:28

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If all flowers
wanted to be roses,
nature would lose
her springtime beauty
and the fields
would no longer
be decked out
with little wild flowers.
— Thérèse of Lisieux

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Mercy triumphs
over judgment.
— James 2:13

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Faith is confident assurance
concerning what we hope for
and convictions
about things we do not see.
— Hebrews 11:1

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See what love
God has bestowed on us
in letting us be called
children of God.

--1John 3:1

Where the Spirit of God is
there is freedom.
— 2 Corinthians 3:17

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The universe is a dance,
alive with holy energy
that brings forth
and engages all things
in rhythmic relationship.
— Mary Southard

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All creatures of the earth,
sing praise forever.
— Daniel 3:57

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Let whoever is thirsty
come forward
Let all who desire it
accept the gift
of life-giving water.
— Revelation 22:17

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It is possible
to become so one with earth
that every flower
perfumes the soul.
— Joyce Rupp

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A faithful friend
is a sturdy shelter.
She who finds one,
finds a treasure.
— Sirach 6:14

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Blessed are you,
creator of heaven and earth;
for you have revealed
to little children
what you have hidden from
the learned and clever.
— Matthew 11:25

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I carried you
as an eagle
carries her young
on her wings.
— Exodus 19:4

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From my blossoming youth
to my ripe old age
wisdom has been my delight.
— Sirach 51:15

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Do not return evil for evil.
Return a blessing instead.
— 1 Peter 3:9

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Remember the deep root
of your being.
Give your life to the one
who already owns your breath.
— Rumi

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You can trust God
not to let you be tried
beyond your strength
and with any trial
God will give you
a way out of it
and the strength
to bear it.
—1 Corinthians 10:13

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The favors of God
are not exhausted.
They are renewed each morning,
so great is God's faithfulness.
— Lamentations 3:22-23

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(Naked I came from my mother's womb
and naked I shall return.)
The Lord has given
and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
— Job 1:21

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All life is holy.
Daily prayers are delivered
on the lips of breaking waves,
the whispering grasses,
and the shimmering of leaves.
— Terry T. Williams

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There was a time
when you were darkness,
but now you are light in God.
Live as children of light.
— Ephesians 5:8

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Do not let your heart
be troubled.
In God's house
there are many dwelling places.
— John 14:12

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My grace is enough for you
for in weakness
my power reaches perfection.
— 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Beauty
opens our heart wide
and we are slowly
transformed.
— Christine V. Paintner

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Deep waters
cannot quench love
nor floods
sweep it away.
— Song of Songs 8:7

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The king will answer)
Whatever you did for one
of my least brothers or sisters,
that you did for me.
— Matthew 25:40

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Remaining close to the
rhythms of nature,
attending to sunrises
and sunsets
or the passage of the seasons,
fills one's being with silence.
— Wayne Simsic

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I have called you by name.
You are mine.
You are precious in my eyes
and I love you.
— Isaiah 43:1, 4

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My entire attention
is on the finish line
as I run toward the prize
to which God calls me.
— Philippians 3:14

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God is in your midst
rejoicing over you with gladness
and renewing you in love.
— Zephaniah 3:17

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Behold,
I make all things new!
— Revelation 21:5

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For it was you who formed
my inmost being.
— Psalm 139:13

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For it was you
who formed my inmost being.
— Psalm 139:13

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The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
— Isaiah 9:1

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A good person produces good
from the treasure of the heart.
— Luke 6:45

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Lead me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
— Psalm 43

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Now in the people
that were meant to be green,
there is no more life of any kind.
— Hildegard of Bingen

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When shall I go
and behold the face of God?
— Psalm 42

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Athirst is my soul for God,
the living God.
— Psalm 42

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Everything is full
of sacred presence.
— Psalm 103

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It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
— Navajo prayer

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Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee
to go someplace
where he could be alone.
— Matthew 14:13

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The Reign of God is within you.
— Luke 17:20-21

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Here comes that dreamer!
— Genesis 37:19

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O Earth, wrap me
in your leaves—
heal me.
— Alla Renee Bozarth

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To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
— Wendell Berry

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How blessed are they
who walk in the ways of God.
— Psalm 119:1

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Does one really have to fret
About enlightenment?
No matter what road I travel,
I'm going home.
— Shinsho

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Love never ends.
— 1 Cor. 13:8

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Do not be anxious about life.
— Matthew 6:25

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Constant has been my hope in you.
— Psalm 71

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"I was six when I saw that everything was God, and my hair stood up, and all," Teddy said. "It was on a Sunday, I remember. My sister was only a tiny child then, and she was drinking her milk, and all of a sudden I saw that she was God and the milk was God. I mean all she was doing was pouring God into God, if you know what I mean."
— J.D. Salinger

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The lot marked out for me
is my delight;
welcome indeed the heritage
that falls to me.
— Psalm 16

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On you
I have relied from birth.
from the womb
you have been my help.
— Psalm 71

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Last night, as I slept,
I dreamt—marvelous error!
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.
— Antonio Machado

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Dry bones, listen to
what God is saying to you,
"I the God of life
will put breath in you,
and once again you will live."
— Ezekiel 37:4-5

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O come,
let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before God,
our Maker.
— Psalm 95

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All the way to heaven
is heaven.
— St. Catherine of Siena

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As swimmers dare
to like face to the sky
and waters bear them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to float
into Creator Spirit's deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all surrounding grace.
— Denise Levertov

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There must be no limit
to your goodness,
as our God's goodness
knows no bounds.
— Matthew 5:48

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Do not hide Your face;
answer quickly,
for I am in distress.
— Psalm 69

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O my Strength,
it is you to whom I turn,
for you are my refuge,
the God who shows me love.
— Psalm 59

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God is the friend of silence.
Trees, flowers, grass grow in silence.
See the stars, moon, and sun,
how they move in silence.
— Mother Teresa

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God touches all
in the heavens
and on earth.
— Psalm 103

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Blessed are the pure of heart;
they shall see God.
— Matthew 5:8

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Do not let your heart
be troubled
and do not be afraid.
— John 14:27

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What I learned of the divine science
and Holy Scripture
I learnt in woods and fields.
— Saint Bernard

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God gave their land as a birthright,
a birthright to God's people.
— Psalm 135:12

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Caught up in your beauty,
I speak of my heart's desire;
to find the fullness of life,
dwelling in your presence forever.
— Psalm 27

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May God bless you and keep you;
may God's face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
may God look upon you kindly,
and give you peace.
— Numbers 6:24

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O God,
help me believe
the truth about myself—
no matter how beautiful it is!
— Macrina Wiederkehr

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Whoever follows me
will never walk in darkness
but will have
the light of life.
— John 8:12

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Every day
I will bless you,
and praise your name
forever and ever.
— Psalm 145:2

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Only goodness and kindness
follow me
all the days of my life.
— Psalm 23:6

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In a dark time,
the eye begins to see.
— Theodore Roethke

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Give thanks to God,
for God's goodness and kindness
endure forever.
— Psalm 107

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Where there is no vision
the people perish.
— Proverbs 29:18

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For I have learned,
in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be content.
— Philippians 4:11

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Look at the birds in the sky.
They do no sow or reap,
they gather nothing into barns;
yet your God in heaven feeds them.
— Matthew 6:26

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Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon, in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by
unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
— Wu-Men

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Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees.
— Revelations 7:13

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For once you were darkness, but now in God you are light.
— Ephesians 5:8

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It is you alone
who are my hope,
my trust from my youth.
— Psalm 71

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Be dressed for service and have your lamps burning ready.
— Luke 12:35

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All of you
should wrap yourselves
in the garment of humility.
— 1 Peter 5:5

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God saw all God had made,
and indeed it was very good.
Evening came and morning came:
the sixth day.
— Genesis 1:31

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The creative forces of the world
make for life;
there is no deadly poison
in them.
— Wisdom 1:14

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Truly, God has worked
marvels for us!
It is cause for rejoicing!
— Psalm 126

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They are like trees
planted beside flowing waters.
They yield fruit in due season;
their leaves are ever green.
— Psalm 1

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Teach me your ways
that I may walk in your truth
— Psalm 86

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I am like an olive tree,
growing in the house of God.
— Psalm 52

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Our days pass away;
our life is over in a breath.
Seventy is the sum of our years
or eighty if we are strong.
— Psalm 90

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Let everything that has breath
burst into shouts of joy.
With resounding cymbals and drums,
let all sing praise to God.
— Psalm 150

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You changed
my mourning into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy.
— Psalm 30

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Be still
and know
that I am God.
— Psalm 46:10

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God has made
everything beautiful
in its time.
— Ecclesiastes 3:11

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The bright dawn
will break upon us,
giving light
to those in darkness,
guiding hearts
to the way of peace.
— Luke 1:78-79

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Say to those
whose hearts are frightened.
Fear not!
— Isaiah. 35:4

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Behold,
I make
all things new.
  Rev. 21:5

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Eye has not seen
Nor ear heard
Nor can the human mind fathom
The wonderful things prepared
For those who love God.
— 1 Cor. 2:9

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I am the door.
Anyone who enters
through me
will be safe.
— John 10:9

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God covers you with his feathers
And you find shelter underneath her wings.
— Psalm 91:4

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We do not need
to practice prayer.
We need to become a prayer.
— Joan Chittister

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To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
— William Blake

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Your love is better than life.
My soul is filled as with a banquet;
My life is full of joy.
— Psalm 63

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The heavens are yours,
the earth is yours;
the world and its fullness you have made.
— Psalm 89

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Give thanks to God.
Tell God's name.
— Psalm 105

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Day after day
takes up the story;
night after night
makes known the message.
— Psalm 19

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My soul waits for you;
I count on your word.
— Psalm 130

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You love those who search for truth.
In wisdom, center me,
for you know my frailty.
— Psalm 51

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What else have I in heaven but you?
Apart from you I want nothing on earth.
My heart leaps for joy
for you, O God, are my portion forever.
— Psalm 73

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To you, O God,
I lift up my soul.
I trust in you...
relieve the distress
of my heart.
— Psalm 25

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Commit your life to God,
and justice will dawn for you.
Your integrity will shine
like the noonday sun.
— Psalm 37

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Send your light and your truth;
let these be my guide.
Lead me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
— Psalm 43

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It is good to proclaim your love
in the morning
And your truth
in the watches of the night.
— Psalm 92

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When God brought Israel
back to Zion,
it seemed like a dream.
Then our mouths
were filled with laughter;
on our lips
there were songs of joy.
— Psalm 126

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I kept my sin secret
and my frame
wasted away.
Day and night
your hand
was heavy upon me.
— Psalm 32

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As parents are tender with their children,
so God is gentle with those who believe.
— Psalm 103

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Happy are those who love God…
they are a light in the darkness for the upright;
they are generous, merciful and just…
People such as this will be honored.
— Psalm 112

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Caught up in your beauty,
I speak of my heart’s desire;
to find the fullness of life,
dwelling in your presence forever.
— Psalm 27

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You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence.
— Psalm 16

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Guardian of the orphan, defender of the widowed,
such is God, who gives the lonely a home.
— Psalm 68

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Though I walk in the valley of darkness,
no evil do I fear.
Your rod and staff comfort me.
— Psalm 23

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What else have I in heaven but you?
Apart from you I want nothing on earth.
My heart leaps for joy
for you, O God, are my portion forever.

  Psalm 73