A Grandmother, Lois celebrates the faith sharing in families by grandmothers, mothers and others; this hymn is based on 2 Timothy "I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. NT Professor John T. Splendid interpretation! We pray for those who are suffering, give thanks to the many who have responded, and pray for continuing efforts to help in comforting and rebuilding. Permission is given for free use of these hymns in local churches to support hurricane relief efforts.
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Thank you! O God, You Give Us Neighbors is based on Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan about the love of all neighbors the beaten victim in the story was an injured stranger and the news of ICE plans to arrest hundreds of thousands of immigrant families on July Christ, You Spoke to Us of Children is a prayer for children and families who are suffering at the border.
O God, We Grieve the Hatred was written after the shootings in the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and seeks to counter racism and anti-immigrant hatred. See also the sections on Immigrants and Refugees in the Topical Index. Matthew ST. LOUIS 8.
Sing Out! Sound the Trumpets! Proclaim Jubilee! PETER 8. Heights and depths cannot defeat us; death will never be the same. Christ is risen! So you promise: we have life in Jesus' name. DENIO May we see you, may we hear you, In each one oppressed or poor. Into Egypt you were carried, Far from home, a little boy. Were you wrapped up warm to travel, Safe from terror, free from harm? Did you feel God's strong protection, Snuggled there in Mary's arm? God, How Can We Comprehend? In your Word made flesh you came, our Life to know, our sins to bear. Christ has died and Christ is risen! At this new year we proclaim: Yesterday, today, forever — Jesus Christ is still the same!
Then your home will be among us; we will always dwell with you. There will be no sound of weeping; you will wipe away each tear. God, we trust your promise to us: Now and always, you are here. Kathy Black Gerald Kennedy Chair of Homiletics and Liturgics Claremont School of Theology Claremont, California "Carolyn Gillette's poetry and imagery reminds me of both Tom Troeger and Wendell Berry, homey, yet profound, packed with inspirational material, making this an excellent devotional volume.
Notwithstanding this great Covenant, a few negligent souls galloped with their chargers into the battlefield, thinking perchance they might be able to 52 weaken the foundation of the Cause of God: but praise be to God all of them were afflicted with regret and loss, and erelong they shall see themselves in poignant despair.
The second condition: Fellowship and love amongst the believers. The divine friends must be attracted to and enamored of each other and ever be ready and willing to sacrifice their own lives for each other. Should one soul from amongst the believers meet another, it must be as though a thirsty one with parched lips has reached to the fountain of the water of life, or a lover has met his true beloved.
For one of the greatest divine wisdoms regarding the appearance of the holy Manifestations is this: The souls may come to know each other and become intimate with each other; the power of the love of God may make all of them the waves of one sea, the flowers of one rose garden, and the stars of one heaven. This is the wisdom for the appearance of the holy Manifestations!
When the most great bestowal reveals itself in the hearts of the believers, the world of nature will be transformed, the darkness of the contingent being will vanish, and heavenly illumination will be obtained. O ye friends! Fellowship, fellowship! Love, love! Unity, unity! My thoughts are turned towards you, and my heart leaps within me at your mention. Could ye know how my soul glows with your love, so great a happiness would flood your hearts as to cause you to become enamored with each other.
He was sanctified and free from every attachment and in the utmost severance. Just as His Holiness Christ says: Shake off the very dust from your feet. You have observed that while in America many souls in the utmost of supplication and entreaty desired to offer some gifts, but this servant, in accord with the exhortations and behests of the Blessed Perfection, never accepted a thing, although on certain occasions we were in most straitened circumstances. But on the other hand, if a soul for the sake of God, voluntarily and out of his pure desire, wishes to offer a contribution toward the expenses of a teacher in order to make the contributor 54 happy, the teacher may accept a small sum, but must live with the utmost contentment.
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The aim is this: The intention of the teacher must be pure, his heart independent, his spirit attracted, his thought at peace, his resolution firm, his magnanimity exalted and in the love of God a shining torch. Should he become as such, his sanctified breath will even affect the rock; otherwise there will be no result whatsoever. As long as a soul is not perfected, how can he efface the defects of others? Unless he is detached from aught else save God, how can he teach severance to others? In short, O ye believers of God!
Endeavor ye, so that you may take hold of every means in the promulgation of the religion of God and the diffusion of the fragrances of God. Amongst other things is the holding of the meetings for teaching so that blessed souls and the old ones from amongst the believers may gather together the youths of the love of God in schools of instruction and teach them all the divine proofs and irrefragable arguments, explain and elucidate the history of the Cause, and interpret also the prophecies and proofs which are recorded and are extant in the divine books and epistles regarding the manifestation of the Promised One, so that the young ones may go in perfect knowledge in all these degrees.
Likewise, whenever it is possible a committee must be organized for the translation of the Tablets.
Wise souls who have mastered and studied perfectly the Persian, Arabic, and other foreign languages, or know one of the foreign languages, must commence translating 55 Tablets and books containing the proofs of this Revelation, and publishing those books, circulate them throughout the five continents of the globe. Similarly, the magazine, the Star of the West, must be edited with the utmost regularity, but its contents must be the promulgation of the Cause of God that both East and West may become informed of the most important events.
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In short, in all the meetings, whether public or private, nothing should be discussed save that which is under consideration, and all the articles be centered around the Cause of God. Promiscuous talk must not be dragged in and contention is absolutely forbidden. The teachers traveling in different directions must know the language of the country in which they will enter. For example, a person being proficient in the Japanese language may travel to Japan, or a person knowing the Chinese language may hasten to China, and so forth.
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In short, after this universal war, the people have obtained extraordinary capacity to hearken to the divine teachings, for the wisdom of this war is this: That it may become proven to all that the fire of war is world-consuming, whereas the rays of peace are world-enlightening. One is death, the other is life; this is extinction, that is immortality; one is the most great calamity, the other is the most great bounty; this is darkness, that is light; this is eternal humiliation and that is everlasting glory; one is the destroyer of the foundation of man, the other is the founder of the prosperity of the human race.
Consequently, a number of souls may arise and act 56 in accordance with the aforesaid conditions, and hasten to all parts of the world, especially from America to Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and travel through Japan and China. Likewise, from Germany teachers and believers may travel to the continents of America, Africa, Japan and China; in brief, they may travel through all the continents and islands of the globe. Thus in a short space of time, most wonderful results will be produced, the banner of universal peace will be waving on the apex of the world and the lights of the oneness of the world of humanity may illumine the universe.
In brief, O ye believers of God! The text of the divine Book is this: If two souls quarrel and contend about a question of the divine questions, differing and disputing, both are wrong. The wisdom of this incontrovertible law of God is this: That between two souls from amongst the believers of God, no contention and dispute may arise; that they may speak with each other with infinite amity and love.
Should there appear the least trace of controversy, they must remain silent, and both parties must continue their discussions no longer, but ask the reality of the question from the Interpreter. This is the irrefutable command! O GOD, my God! Thou seest how black darkness is enshrouding all regions, how all countries are burning with the flame of dissension, and the fire of war and carnage is blazing throughout the East and the West.