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Today’s Reflection

THANK YOU, GOD, that even when I feel empty and dry,
I know that the springs of joy are there,
buried deep within me.
I ask you to tap those springs now,
release them, and carry me away on their fullness.

Thank you, O God, for joy.
Joy that overcomes all else.
Joy that is more powerful than the darkest powers.
Joy that is more abundant than the waters in the seas.
Joy that is mine.

– Patricia F. Wilson
Quiet Spaces

From page 44 of Quiet Spaces by Patricia F. Wilson. Copyright © 2002 by Patricia F. Wilson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s poem as a prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.

Matthew 17:1-2, NRSV

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  • Jill March 1, 2014, 4:55 am

    Father – You are our Joy! Be with all those mentioned yesterday with prayers for healing. Thank You for this group that meets here throughout the day. May our prayers uphold each other.

  • robert moeller March 1, 2014, 6:01 am

    Betsy, Jay, Jill, John, and Sally,

    My prayers go out for you for healing, thank you for your prayers. As I believe Jesus wishes, we are all lifting up each other in prayer and prayer is powerful.

    Yes, the perfect joy is Jesus. Through Him we can celebrate with joyful hearts.

    Our pastor who has been on respite leave for two months, she cares for her 90+ year old mom while being a full time pastor, returns tomorrow. We will all be very glad to see her. The interim pastor did a very commendable job and kept us on the right path.

    I pray for struggling churches. My last church struggled with a huge old building and declining membership. Some changes that were intended to help boost membership had exactly the opposite effect.
    May the Holy Spirit be with them and guide them that the flame is rekindled. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  • John March 1, 2014, 9:28 am

    Thank you for up holding me as I am new to sharing , but not new to reading the daily sight. I pray the fruit of joy be ours in abundance , as The Lord shows me how to love myself and forgive myself. Our God must be full of Joy, if God is love He also must be Joy. I’ve had enough of the deeds of the flesh, lead us by Your Holy Spirit o Lord.

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