Challenging Thoughts to illustrate the Gospel read on July 8, 2018

With the supermarket as our temple

and the singing commercial as our litany,

are we likely to fire the world with an irresistible vision

of America’s exalted purpose and inspiring way of life?

Adlai E. Stevenson

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To see the world in a grain of sand

And Heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour.

William Blake

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Just as a hand held before the eyes conceals the greatest mountain,

so does petty earthly life conceal from view

the vast lights and mysteries of which the world is full.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratislava

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The Christian frankly admits that his view of the external world

is colored by the mind of Christ,

but he maintains that thereby

he catches the true colors of creation’s handiwork.

Ralph W. Sockman, The Highway of God

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The Bible is a window in this prison-world,

through which we may look into eternity.

Timothy Dwight

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