Be still

and feel the song

that God sings in your heart,

a song of praise to our God.

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The one who enters in the Lord’s name is blessed; we bless all of you from the Lord’s house. The Lord is God! He has shined a light on us! So lead the festival offering with ropes all the way to the horns of the altar. You are my God—I will give thanks to you! You are my God—I will lift you up high! Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever.

Psalm 118:26-29

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The prolific writer and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, wrote in New Seeds of Contemplation: “A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying God. […] This particular tree will give glory to God by spreading out its roots in the earth and raising its branches into the air and the light in a way that no other tree before or after it ever did or will do.”

Like the tree, you honor God by being willing to be the person that God made you to be.

As you grow closer to God, you will become more and more uniquely you. And you will also be more effective in the world.

Jane Hartwell

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God, please give me the courage to glorify you by being my true self. Amen.

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Go out and sing the song that God has put in your heart.

Jane Hartwell

Jane Hartwell loves God and teenagers. Right now she has the best job she’s ever had: being the Canon Missioner for Christian Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband Davis and enjoys walking the beach, seeing her adult sons, mentoring others, and leading retreats.

Wondrous Love: I Am Thine, O Lord

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