Pause

Take a deep breath, and let it out with a sigh.

Do it once more.

Close your eyes and slowly count to five.

Take another deep breath and be reminded of God’s presence in your life.

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Listen

You return people to dust, saying, “Go back, humans,” because in your perspective a thousand years are like yesterday past, like a short period during the night watch. You sweep humans away like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning. True, in the morning it thrives, renewed, but come evening it withers, all dried up.

Psalm 90:3-6

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Think

The hurricanes, fires, and other life-destroying events in our nation this fall have highlighted once again the fragility of human life. It does, at times, feel like our individual lives are as fleeting and insignificant as grass. It does, at times, feel like God has abandoned us.

In this psalm attributed to Moses, we hear him voice the community’s fear and frustration that God has abandoned them. But because we know that God has been our dwelling place in all generations, we carry on in faith. We trust that God is working diligently, knowing that “God’s time” includes both the span of our own lifetimes and the time beyond our lives.

As you move through your day, take a picture that symbolizes the fragile beauty of life.

Becky Ullom Naugle

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Pray

Thank you, God, for my life! In the moments of pain, remind me of beauty. In the moments of beauty, free me to be joyful and overflowing with gratitude. Amen.

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Go

Go into your day with confidence, knowing that God has promised to be with you always, even if God’s sense of timing is different from yours.

Remember God’s love for you; remember your love of God.

You cannot go where God is not!

Becky Ullom Naugle

Becky Ullom Naugle, director of youth/young adult ministry for the Church of the Brethren, lives with her husband Patrick and toddler son Jackson in northern Illinois. They enjoy family time, pets, the family lake house, and the Rocky Mountains.

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