July282014

Daily E-votion 7/28/2014

A loving, living relationship with God is impossible without prayer.  We cannot know the mind and heart of Christ, receive God’s direction, hear God’s voice, or respond to God’s call without this means of grace.  We may enter God’s kingdom without the benefit of some of the means of grace but not without prayer.  Prayer is so important that Jesus left even the needy crowd to pray (Mark 6:31).  His entire life and ministry were set in the context of prayer.  Those who choose to follow him can do no better than to take up his example.

~Reuben P. Job & Marjorie Thompson; from Companions in Christ

July252014

Daily E-votion 7/25/2014

Why should I wish to see You better than this day?

I see something of You in each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then;

In the faces of men and women I see You, and in my own face in the glass.

I find letters from You dropped in the street, and everyone is signed by Your name;

And I leave them where they are, for I know that wheresoe’er I go,

Others will punctually come for ever and ever.

~from Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman

July242014

Daily E-votion 7/24/20104

Lord,

Today we have many things on our “to-do” list.

Tasks for ourselves

Tasks for others

Tasks for our churches

Tasks for our neighbors.

As we separate the Light from the Darkness,

Remind us that not everything is urgent,

Or even necessary.

Give us wisdom

and discernment

and your Spirit’s power

to move into the next moment of Grace.

Amen.

~Rev. Deb Vaughn; Washington D.C.

July222014

Daily E-votion 7/22/2014

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus

       has set you free from the law of sin and of death….

       God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do….

       The just requirement of the law is fulfilled in us,

       who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

                  —from Romans 8.2-4

God’s law is not a set of demands.

Demands could never make us love.

Concern about our righteousness

only makes us more self-centered.

God’s law is love, which lives in us,

and so makes us the fulfillment of God’s love.

We are free from “having to” do anything

to be fully, deeply loved and connected.

So we walk in that Love, that Spirit.

We let go of our anxieties

about the survival of our isolated self,

and let ourselves be included

in the infinite Life of God.

We rest in God’s love.

We let it transform us breath by breath.

We behold that love for and in everyone.

We let that love guide us.

We live in the Spirit.

~Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes; unfoldinglight.net

July212014

Wesley Daily E-votion 7/21/2014

WILLINGNESS - by David Ridge

Let my heart be the vessel of God’s Love.

Let my thoughts be the blossom of God’s Love.

Let my words be the expression of God’s Love.

Let my actions be the fulfillment of God’s Love.

July182014

Daily E-votion 7/18/2014

“Give us thankful hearts, O God, in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form. Such gratitude grant us, O Lord. Amen.”
–W.E.B. DuBois on Psalm 100 -
July172014

Daily E-votion 7/16/2014

Dear Lord,

Help me to relax about insignificant details, beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 a.m. EST. 

Help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them are hypersensitive. 

Help me to take responsibility for the consequences of my actions,
even though they’re usually not my fault. 

Help me to not try to run everything - but, if you need some help, please feel free to ask me. 

Help me to be more laid back, and help me to do it exactly right. 

Help me to take things more seriously, especially laughter, parties, and dancing. 

Give me patience, and I mean right now! 

Help me not be a perfectionist. (Did I spell that correctly?) 

Help me to finish everything I sta 

Help me to keep my mind on one thing … oh, look, a bird … at a time. 

Help me to do only what I can, and trust you for the rest. And would you mind putting that in writing? 

Keep me open to others’ ideas, misguided though they may be. 

Help me follow established procedures. Hey, wait … this is wrong …

Help me slow down andnotrushthroughwhatido. 

Thank you, Lord.

Amen 

(anonymous)

July162014

Daily E-votion 7/15/2014

It matters notwhat my abilities may be then, provided that I possess you, Lord. Do what you will with this insignificant creature. Whether it be that I should work, or become inspired, or be the recipient of your impressions, it is all the same. Everything is yours, everything is from you and for you…It is for you, Lord, to regulate everything: direction, humiliations, sanctification, perfection and salvation – all are your business.

From The Joy Full of Surrender; This inspirational classic was compiled more than a century after the death of its author, the French Jesuit, Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Gathered from the notes, discussions, and letters that he left behind, these reflections focus on accepting the will of God with an open heart, and learning to slow down and live life in the “sacrament of the present moment.”

July152014

Daily E-votion 7/15/2014

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GOD OF THE EARTH

God of the earth, the sky, the sea;

Maker of all above, below:

Creation lives in You and me;

Your present life through all does flow.

Your love is in the sunshine’s glow;

Your life is in the quickening air;

When lightnings flash and storm-winds blow,

There is Your power, Your law is there.

We feel Your calm at evening’s hour,

Your grandeur in the march of night;

And when the morning breaks in power,

We hear Your word, “Let there be light!”

But higher far, and far more clear,

You in our spirit we behold;

Your image and Yourself are there —

Indwelling God, proclaimed of old.

(Samuel Longfellow [1819-1892])

July142014

Daily E-votion 7/14/2014

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Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

(Breath Prayer based on Psalm 46:10)

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