Pause

Most of us have more than enough to deal with today to be very concerned about what will happen tomorrow. Yet we do wonder about what we can expect in the hours, days, and years ahead.

The God of our present is also the God of our future. Right now is a good time to be still in the moment and to trust all our time to the One who is here – and listening.

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Listen

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

Psalm 145:1-5

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Think

The truth is, I don’t praise God enough like this. There are things I do praise, like football games and concerts, but generally I fail at giving God the praises God deserves.

I remember a time when I was better at it. I was working at a Christian camp and I felt so connected to God and my faith. I long for the days of freedom to have a simple life and space to sit around and talk to other friends about faith and how God is leading us.

Even as I write that last sentence I am encouraged that it is possible if I realize that what God means to me now hasn’t changed in the 20 years since camp.

God, you are my rock, my foundation, my joy. My life has become what it will be, but in the midst of it all you are there with me.

Lars Rood

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Pray

God, help me remember the times when it was easy to praise you, when my voice would shout with praise, for you were so real to me. I know that you can be that real again. Amen.

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Go

Tomorrow and
Tomorrow and
The next.

You are accompanied by
The Provider of each one.

Live into the promise of
The future,
The possibilities of
What can be.

Lars Rood

Lars Rood is the associate pastor for family life ministries at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. In this role he oversees the team doing ministry from birth through the end of high school to children, students, and their families. He has a lifelong love of the Pacific Northwest, coffee, and reading. He also loves his three kids, wife, and dog named Jakob.

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