Spiritual Voices

Spiritual Voices is a collection of quotes, readings and prayers ranging from contemporary to pre-biblical sources and encompassing many religious and philosophical schools of thought. Enjoy.

Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.
– Saint Francis of Assisibird.abstract

I don’t think that God says, “Go to church and pray all day and everything will be fine.” No. For me God says, “Go out and make the changes that need to be made, and I’ll be there to help you.”
– Elvia Alvarado

God [is] hidden within me. I find Him by hiding in the silence in which He is concealed.
– Thomas Merton

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
– Henry David Thoreau

Heaven and Earth are threads from one loom.
– Shaker Proverb

There is no greater sign of Divine Presence than being fully engaged in the activities of life while demonstrating loving-kindness, tranquility and ease of being.
– Hazrat Inayat Khan

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
– Thomas Jefferson

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him—that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes and I am free.
– Swami Vivekananda

The grace of God is in my mind shaped like a key…that comes from time to time to unlock the heavy doors.
– Donald Swan.

Jesus promised those who would follow his leadings only three things: that they should be absurdly happy, entirely fearless and always in trouble.
– Marty Babcock

I read a story about an old gentlemen who was known for his godly life. One day, someone asked him, “What do you do when you are tempted, old man?”  He replied, “I just look up to heaven and say, ‘Lord, your property is in danger.'”
– Greg Laurie

If the only prayer you say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice.
– Meister Eckhart

I have spent my days stringing and un-stringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung.
– Rabindranath Tagore

Give Light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
– Desiderius Erasmus

Have thy tools ready, God will send thee work.
– Charles Kingsley

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.
– Charles Simic

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
– Albert Schweitzer

The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what the “story of the trees” would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, and we ears fine enough to understand.
– Charles R. Skinner

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I always notice that it coincides with their own desires.
– Susan B. Anthony

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
– Rabindranath Tagore

Religion is to be used as a stepping stone to God, but it must never be used as a tower to hold one aloft from others. We are all cells in the body of humanity. When anyone attempts to isolate another, they only isolate themselves more.
– Peace Pilgrim

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and the needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrow of men. This is what love looks like.
– Augustine

Everyday people are straying away from Church and going back to God.
– Lenny Bruce

The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.
– Thich Nhat Nanh

”Dear God,’  she prayed, let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.'”
– Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
– Rumi

If someone comes to you asking for help, do not say in refusal, “Trust in God. God will help you.” Rather, act as if there were no God and no one to help except you.       – Hasidic teaching

Slay your dragons before breakfast so they don’t eat your lunch!
– Michael Hyatt

Does God keep you up at night?
– Book mark promoting Andover-Newton Theological School

Quotes for Living: My all-time compilation of phrases that celebrate the human Condition. Trust me, you’ll enjoy these too!

Have thy tools ready, God will find thee work.
– The Reverend  Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, England)

A joyful heart filled with love is everywhere at home.
– Meister Eckhart

Earth our mother, breathe and waken, leaves are stirring, all things moving, New day coming, life renewing, eagle soaring, see the morning, something marvelous and sacred, though it happens every day.
– Pawnee

To have parents who love each other is the best gift that children can have.
– Damaris Parker-Rhodes

If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I’m living for in detail. And ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.
– Thomas Merton

Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.”
– The Talmud

Give me the madman’s sudden insight and the child’s spiritual dignity.
– Theodore Roethke

The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.
– Mary Webb

Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
– Ps 143.8, NSRV

A church that doesn’t provoke any crisis, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, what gospel is that? Very nice, pious considerations that don’t bother anyone, that’s the way many would like preaching to be. Those preachers who avoid every thorny matter so as not to be harassed, so as not to have conflicts and difficulties, do not light up the world they live in.
– Oscar Romero (Assassinated March 24, 1980, while saying Mass.)

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
– Helen Keller

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest criticism and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty and find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–this is to have succeeded.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jesus promised those who would follow his leadings only three things: that they should be absurdly happy, entirely fearless, and always in trouble.
– Marty Babcock

Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and every humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people.
– Chief Seattle, Native American

If we love God, if we acknowledge to whom we belong, if in the interval of other tasks this love moves steadily to the surface, and gives a glow to all we do, this is prayer without ceasing.
– Douglas V. Steere

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.
– Irish Proverb

God is love, but get it in writing.
– Gypsy Rose Lee

Arise, shine, for thy Light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
– Isaiah 60.1

Dear God of all time and all creatures, help me to live fully within the cycle of infinity that is your gift to me. Make me less fearful of the measure of time, and more fully alive in the time that simply is. Help me to live time, not just to use it; to breathe it in, and return it in acts of love and presence.
– Avis Crowe

O God, make the door of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship, narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and strife. Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children, nor to straying feet, but rugged and strong enough to turn back the temter’s power. God, make the door of this house the gateway to Thine eternal kingdom.
– On the door of St. Stephen’s in London.

Compiled by Kevin Lee

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