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Tuesday, April 11 2017

Have you experienced moments when you are reminded that each day is a gift? This morning was one of those days where I became extremely grateful for the gift of this day. I was involved in an accident this morning while traveling to church. A car hit me from behind. Some major damage, and no significant injuries to me or the other people in the vehicles.

Knowing that each day is a gift, how do you want to live your life? Always busy, working on the next project, chore, or errand? Or with an attitude of unhurried trust and joy being immersed in the current moment?

This verse stuck with me in the midst of this morning's event, God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble. -Psalm 46:1

Some of the images that I look to and am reminded of this refuge God provides are found in the empty cross. This week we will remember the events of the crucifixion and then the resurrection. Many of the significant crosses that I see on a regular basis have been a Celtic Cross. My church growing up had a wooden one hanging in our sanctuary that was cut and carved by our minister's son. Another is a picture hanging in my office of one I encountered on a Heritage trip to Scotland while in college.

What images remind you of God being your "refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble"? Take some time to look at them today and remember the gift of this day.

As you contemplate the events of Holy week, we are providing an opportunity for prayer and reflection with our Labyrinth at church. Starting today through the end of the day on Friday, the Labyrinth will be set up downstairs in the Youth Garage. The practice of walking the labyrinth as a way to pray, has been very meaningful to me. I would invite you, if you are able to walk it this week.

Prayer for Today

Oh Lord, my refuge, my strength, in times of trouble you are my help. Bring me peace. In stillness and silence you are with me; My heart rejoices in your presence. In Christ's Name, Amen.

Posted by: Allison Shearouse AT 03:06 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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