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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Let God rise up; let his enemies scatter; let those who hate him run scared before him!

Like smoke is driven away, drive them away! Like wax melting before fire, let the wicked perish before God!

But let the righteous be glad and celebrate before God. Let them rejoice with gladness!

Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Exalt the one who rides the clouds! The Lord is his name. Celebrate before him!

Psalm 68:1-4

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Maybe we aren’t quite ready to “rejoice with gladness” in seeing God smite enemies or melt adversaries like candle wax.

But there is something comforting in remembering that God can (and will!) remove all of the obstacles that stand between God and God’s people (us!). What stands between you and God? A difficult project? A troubled relationship? A story in the news that nags at you?

God will take their power away. God will stand up and stand firm and hold back whatever would take you away from God’s presence. And that is something we can sing about.

Sarah McCaslin

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Be not far from me, O God, when the storms rage and seas swell, and I am overcome. Blow the wind back, calm the waters, so that I may rest in you. Amen.

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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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