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The very nature of God's Spirit is to express power and to share it.

When so many feel powerless, it is good to know that God is generous, offering the Spirit's empowerment to all the world.

The offer is there for you now as well. Reach out, reach up for the power of the Spirit in your life.

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Listen

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

Psalm 92:1-4

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Think

My parents raised me to write thank-you notes. Whenever I received a gift or was blessed by someone doing something nice for me, I would write a quick note to let the person know I appreciated what they’d done. This habit teaches me to slow down and pay attention to the people around me and the love they show me.

The Bible is filled with passages that read like thank-you notes to God. We have so much to be thankful for! God created us and takes care of us. God loves us no matter how many times we mess up. God’s Spirit is always with us. We should give thanks because God hasn’t left us on our own.

Rebecca Poe Hays

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Pray

O Most High, I want to thank you for being a God who loves me and helps me to love others. Thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit to help me get through the day. Thank you for everything you do! Amen.

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Go

Come, Blazing Fire,
Anoint our tongues with the messages of peace;
Till, though blind, we see,
And deaf, we hear,
And imprisoned, find release.

Vicki Vogel Schmidt

Rebecca Poe Hays

Rebecca Poe Hays recently graduated from seminary and is currently working for Passport, Inc. while preparing to begin further studies in Old Testament. She studied English literature in college and loves seeing how Scripture uses narrative to teach important lessons in creative ways. Rebecca has served on a number of church staffs in both Tennessee and Alabama and has done editorial work for several years.

I Hear Thy Welcome Voice

Ken Medema

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