As the old song says, we have a great friend in Jesus. Following in his way, we know deep joy, new challenges, and intimate companionship.
And there is more. In these next moments of quiet contemplation, open your heart and your imagination to learn about all you receive as God's beloved child.next >
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation. Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
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Recently, I was driving down a country road at dusk. As I drove by a small meadow, I saw two young, brown bunnies eating grass. I pulled over to watch. I could see the blades of grass the one closest to me was eating. The bunnies’ big, black eyes, which were ringed in white fur, watched me. The ring of fur made their eyes seem twice as big. The bunnies stretched their thin legs. One bunny cleaned its foot. I have seen rabbits in pet stores and petting zoos. A couple of my nieces have rabbits as pets. But I have never seen wild bunnies taking their time to eat with such a sense of safety.
I was filled with wonder at these innocent creatures God created. Today’s psalm makes me think of how much God loves me and you and those bunnies. Christ has inherited the world and all that dwell in it. That means us. I am reminded that God's abiding presence in my life means I can feel safe no matter what happens.
Deborah Hurdnext >
Merciful God, look down upon me and see my desire to be a person of clean hands and pure heart, that I may receive your blessings. Protect me as your precious child. Help me to show your love and compassion to all I meet. Amen.next >
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Deborah Hurd Guy
Deborah Hurd is a freelance writer and instructor. She lives in Georgia with her husband John, her dogs Smiley and Sheba, and her cats Zoia and Midnight. Her hobbies include writing poetry, reading, and rescuing animals. She currently serves on the vestry in her parish and is involved in outreach.
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