Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed.

Abraham Joshua Herschel

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Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork. One day gushes the news to the next, and one night informs another what needs to be known. Of course, there’s no speech, no words— their voices can’t be heard— but their sound extends throughout the world; their words reach the ends of the earth.

Psalm 19:1-4a

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Radio host Thom Hartmann tells a story about when he was 7 or 8 years old sitting with an old farmer drinking a glass of lemonade. He said the farmer leaned over and said, “Look at how blue the sky is.” Thom looks and nods, “Yeah.” The farmer says, “Look how green the grass is and how it’s moving. Look at the trees moving in the wind. See those birds flying over there? You see the dust blowing from the cars going down over there?” Thom nods, “Yeah.” Then the farmer leans over like he’s going to give Thom this big secret. The farmer says with a strong whispering voice, “It’s all alive!”

Today’s reading from the Psalms encourages us to see God’s glory being praised all around us. The sky, the grass, the trees, the birds, the dust, everything. Sometimes we need to turn off the noise and just take in God’s presence all around us. Take some time today, look around, join in the praise – because it’s all alive!

Jeremy Wilhelmi

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Amazing God, thank you for reminders of your goodness and glory that surround me. Give me pause to embrace them all and honor you with my praise. Amen.

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Speak out, but speak kindly.

Speak boldly, but speak humbly.

Speak often, but don’t waste your words.

Speak passionately, but speak faithfully.

Speak the truth, but speak it in love.

Speak, but don’t forget to listen.

Jeremy Wilhelmi

Jeremy Wilhelmi is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as the chaplain of University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville, Arkansas. Jeremy has spent his career working with youth and young adults serving in congregational ministry, camp and conference ministry, and college chaplaincy. This is his third time writing for d365.

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