June 4th, 2020
No matter what faith or religion of the world you belong to, now more than ever must we find strength in the path of peace we are on – may you be Christian, Jew, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Spiritualist, Native American Traditionalist or so on. Strength is more than the power of our voice over discrimination. Strength is more than how muscular or how agile some one is. Strength is our confidence and our determination to maintain our connection to God/The Higher Power, the Earth, and all Life around us.
Strength is standing strong for your beliefs, but standing stronger in seeing how all paths of faith and religions guide us to stand up to fear, anger, and sorrow and say, “I am here to grow happiness, love, and kindness for my fellow men and women.”We all have gardens in our hearts and what we sow is what we harvest. Instead of finding strength in sorrow, fear and anger, which can bring us down if overgrown, finding strength where happiness and love can grow will lead to more fruitful lives for many.
Many faiths and religions of the world have many verses and sayings on strength in God/The Higher Power, strength in love, strength in happiness strength in peace, and strength with confidence and determination.
Quotes of the Day:
Bible, Old Testament, Psalms 46:1-3
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Bible, New Testament, Philippians 4:13
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Sikhism, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1429
“My strength is exhausted, and I am in bondage; I cannot do anything at all. Says Nanak, now, the Lord is my Support; He will help me, as He did the elephant. My strength has been restored, and my bonds have been broken; now, I can do everything. Nanak: everything is in Your hands, Lord; You are my Helper and Support.”
Islam, Quran 114
“Say, ‘I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind, The Sovereign of Mankind. The God of mankind, from the evil of the retreating whisperer – Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind – from among the jinn and mankind.'”
“It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace.”
Lakota Instructions on Living:
Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way,
the Power of the Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.
When one sits in the Hoop of the People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do affects everything in the universe.
If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.
Passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman
All faiths can gather round in strength and peace – not conflict in divide and conquer. From The Bible’s Psalms 46 to the Lakota Instructions on Living, we can find strength in God/The Higher power, see that we are one in humanity, and one in sharing happiness and love with one another. What good does strength in conflict and divide & conquer do? Strength from division commands great battles, but a war that can ravage what you’re fighting for. Fear is to remind us we have the strength to be better than the sorrow and anger that we have in our hearts, not a source to fight.
We are all human, we all bleed the same blood and drink the same water. While some may find strength in growing anger and fear, greater strength can be found through peace, unity, and seeing we are more similar than we are different.
Be well and be safe & healthy.