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Tuesday, February 26 2019

Have you experienced moments when you are reminded that each day is a gift?


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 reminded of this refuge God provides are found in the empty cross. 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 one I encountered on a the Isle of Iona while on a Heritage trip to Scotland during 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.


We are providing some opportunities for prayer and reflection during Lent. Our 24 hour prayer vigil offers an opportunity to pray in the Chapel for one hour. On March 20, we will have a Lenten Labyrinth Experience in the Great Hall from 4:00-9:00 p.m. This labyrinth is a canvas copy of the labyrinth on the floor of Chartres cathedral in France. It is a wonderful tool to be used as a spiritual practice during Lent as we reflect on our own journey and Christ's journey. This sacred path is full of twists and turns which allow you time for prayer as you travel to the center. 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.         


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.

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