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Today’s Reflection

WISDOM VIEWS the rising sun and the majestic silences of nature as daily messages from God. God is patient; God waits for us to get it right — or continues to work with us, despite our every error and lapse of conscience, in the sinews of every prayer and doctrinal attempt, every compassionate act, every encounter with stone and wind, every effort to read scripture and remember the Creator.

– Ray Waddle
Against the Grain

From page 147 of Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes by Ray Waddle. Copyright ©2003 by Ray Waddle. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Look for signs of God’s presence in the created world today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually.
Psalm 105:4, NRSV

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This week we remember: Clare of Assisi (August 11).

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  • robert moeller August 10, 2017, 6:23 am

    From the tiny seeds planted the end of May, the garden now has squash vines climbing the fence, an abundance of spinach, lettuce, and string beans. There will be many buttercup squashes to harvest this fall. God is certainly present.
    Thank You, Lord.

    Grateful the ceiling/roof job is done. It was a great help to me and my neighbor to do this work.

    Prayers for Julie, Anneliese, and all who are in pain. Hopefully upcoming pain management will provide some help. Lord, guide those involved with the house sale to work together to complete what is needed to finalize the sale.
    Your wisdom. Lord, is sorely needed. Blessings, God’s peace, love, mercy, and grace to all who come to the UR. Thankful for the posts received throughout the day.

  • Jill August 10, 2017, 7:09 am

    Last evening, my sister and I attended an outdoor concert. It was a beautiful summer evening, no humidity and by nightfall – a light blanket made it comfortable. Having seen a brilliant full moon the night before – I was on the lookout for it again last evening. Eventually it crept up over the tree line near the end of the concert. Magnificent. Such a relaxing evening.
    The morning – time spent golfing with my dad – this, too, is a gift from God. Dad and I both embrace this time together. So thankful for it.
    My thoughts wander to Andrea this morning. She, along with Rusty, have been noticeably absent from this space. Father, I know You are watching over them.

  • Julie August 10, 2017, 7:45 am

    I pray for our global leaders to look at one another and see a creation of God. I pray that they see the areas that they threaten with destruction as beautiful creatons of God. What God has created let no man tear asunder.
    Still in pain and ever thankful for prayers.
    Prayers for the house sale for Robert and for Erich and his job.
    I, too, continue to pray for Lou and Rusty and all those who still post as well as those we miss
    God’s blessings

  • Connie August 10, 2017, 7:56 am

    A good night’s sleep, a gentle rain. God is good.
    Yes, Andrea…..Rusty and K…….Thank you, Jill.

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