FOR FAITH TO GROW, we must be open and listening to God through scripture, prayer, worship, music nature, people, and the circumstances of our lives. Then we must be obedient to God’s will and direction for us as we discern them. True Christian faith leads us to involvement with others and sensitivity to their needs.
Active faith in our relationship with God and God’s covenant relationship with the world requires that we rest in the trust of God’s provision and live more fully in the present moment. If we trust God’s provision, we will be more generous with what we have. We will not feel the need to hoard. Rather we can pass on our blessings.
- Ann Hagmann
Climbing the Sycamore Tree
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Where do you sense God is calling you to give of yourself? Share your thoughts.
Hannah made this vow: “O LORD of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.”
1 Samuel: 1:11 NRSV
This Week: pray for those who are lonely. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.
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Against a backdrop of refueling fighter jets and transport planes, Chaplain’s Assistant Msgt Marilyn Diller found a way to provide a message of hope to thousands of troops at the U.S. Transit Center at Manas Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. READ MORE!
This week we remember Gertrude the Great of Helfta (November 16).
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