Pause

Instead of closing your eyes and bowing your head in prayer, allow your eyes to lift up toward the sky, as if you could see the stars.

Allow your arms to follow, as if you could hug the sun.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

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Listen

Sing to God, all kingdoms of the earth! Sing praises to my Lord.   Selah

Sing to the one who rides through heaven, the most ancient heaven. Look! God sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.

Recognize how strong God is! His majesty extends over Israel; his strength is in the clouds.

You are awesome, God, in your sanctuaries— the God of Israel who gives strength and power to his people!

Bless God!

Psalm 68:32-35

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Think

God is good. All the time!

All the time, God is good!

Sometimes you’ve just got to shout it out! When the dawn breaks forth, when the storm settles, when the obstacle in your way is just a spot in the distance behind you… open your mouth wide and sing praise to an awesome God.

Sometimes the clouds just blow away and there is nothing but blue sky. Sometimes what was once hard begins to feel easy. Sometimes our efforts are rewarded.

These moments may feel fleeting, but when they come, they are not to be overlooked. Lift your gaze to the heavens, throw your arms wide open, present your heart to the world in a posture of gratitude and joy.

It is part of the narrative of our faith that we die in Christ; sometimes we get stuck in the story of death. Sometimes we forget that we will also be raised with Christ — that is the promised ending.

Sarah McCaslin

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Pray

Awesome God, you are good… all the time. Even when I forget to say it, even when I cannot see it. Your goodness and mercy are constant and pure. God, grant me a clearer vision of your goodness whenever the fog of pain clouds my sight. Amen.

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Go

Rise up!
When you’re living on your knees, you rise up
Tell your brother that he’s gotta rise up
Tell your sister that she's gotta rise up

from Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin Manuel Miranda

Sarah McCaslin

Sarah McCaslin is a pastor and clinical social worker living in Brooklyn, NY. She loves riding the subway with her kids, especially when the train is taking them to Coney Island.

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