For unto us... not unto me… not unto you... but unto us, the collective, corporate community of mankind...the household of humanity...unto all of us, a child is born; unto us, the global family, a Son is given, and the responsibility of the government will rest on His broad shoulders. In fact, all the governments of all the peoples of the world will ultimately recognize Him as their one true foundation, for the earth is His, and He belongs to all of us . He will be the physical embodiment of the “I Am,” the God who defies description; and, in an attempt to define the indefinable, He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase and expansion of His kingdom and government and peace there will be no end. He will reign initially from David's throne and over His kingdom, establishing it and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time, on into the eternal now. The passionate zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6,7 - The Bible In The Now
I haven't really started paraphrasing the book of Isaiah yet (or anything else in the OT, for that matter), but I have done a few passages here and there. These two verses were already posted on the CITN website for Christmas, but I wanted to use them again in the light of "US" (U-nified S-ynergy?) describing a blog community. The prophet said that Christ would be revealed to US...and Jesus said that where two or more are gathered together in His name, that there is a manifestation of His presence. Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here today in cyberspace, in His name, for a revelation!
This is how we do it...
eing vulnerable doesn't have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives. - Sara Paddison
istening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.– Dr. Joyce Brothers
ne learns people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect. - Mark Twain
ood communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
- ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
f you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
- MITSUGI SAOTOME
one of us is as smart as all of us. - Ken Blanchard
he life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.
- FREDERICK BUECHNER
ow does one keep from "growing old inside"? Surely only in community. The only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people…. Taking community seriously not only gives us the companionship we need, it also relieves us of the notion that we are indispensable. - ROBERT MCAFEE BROWN
verything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. - Andre Gide
ever doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - MARGARET MEAD
ne kind word can warm three winter months.
- Japanese Proverb
e are all longing to go home to some place we have never been — a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
(From a department store window in Malaysia)