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Meditation — June 1, 2019

Posted on Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Scripture: 
“Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.” John 16:24
Prayer: 
What an invitation to prayer as I sit this early morning, following thunderous rain of the previous night. Yes, Lord, I ask for clarity of purpose.
Response: 
You are thrilled with the invitation to pray. No script before you, simply the surging of your heart this morning. Consider the range of your prayer as you sit at ease in the dim light following dawn. You are like someone heading out on a new trail in the forest.
This trail, while not familiar, invites you with the assurance that the Lord accompanies you as you turn let then right under the guidance of the Lord just before you. How blessed to spend a morning in the forest of the Lord as the rumble of the thunder recedes.
The silence surrounding is your invitation to go deeper still into His radiance and grace. What could possibly disturb the peace that you are experiencing this very moment. Praise the Lord!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — May 31, 2019

Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Scripture: 
Be joyful in hope, persevere in hardships; keep praying regularly; share with any of God’s holy people who are in need; look for opportunities to be hospitable. Romans 12:13
Prayer: 
It is early morning and I am awake to the Lord’s presence within me, leading me into another day of opportunity. Draw me close.
Response: 
Who are you but to be close in the Lord’s presence, awaiting with anticipation the path that is unfolding first within your heart and then in the footsteps of another day of discovery and you listen to the birds summoning your attention.
How blessed you are to awake with awareness and zeal, to be able to fold your hands in prayer, to look out beyond the sanctuary of your silent room to those beginning their day, perhaps in confusion of purpose as they rush to exit their homes.
Keep special note of what unfolds for you in the Lord’s love, and in the path along which He leads you this day. You just might be surprised about what is awaiting you. Bless the all-loving God.
All for this morning.

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Meditation — November 14, 2018

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Scripture: I shall lead the blind by a road that they do not know, by paths they do not know I shall conduct them. I shall turn the darkness into light before them and the quagmires into solid ground. This I shall do—without fail. Isaiah 42:16
 
Prayer: I feel blind this morning. Though I woke early, it took some time before I rose and took my daily walk to the beach. I am glad I did so because I viewed high above me cormorants sailing on the stiff wind over a turbulent ocean. They sailed individually—not in pairs, as if this was there time to be separate and alone to be guided by the wind. I too am sailing, though not so high, responding to His guidance in the breeze.
 
Response: You have ventured onto many roads that you did not know and were conscious that you were being led by His presence. How else would you have experienced the fullness of life and continue to do so? Meeting your spouse by chance—was it chance—is a wonderful example of the intricate and colorful design that you fashioned with her.
 
Your years have trained you to look for the signs as you did this morning, looking up to catch the cormorants frolicking alone on the sweeping wind. You see aloneness is not all that bad—it defines you and sharpens your senses and contributes to who you are and becoming in the Lord’s grip.
 
Consider sharing your flying experience with those solitary who are hesitant of getting off the ground in prayer. Discover today and the following how and why you were meant to fly. Praise God!
 
All for this morning

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Meditation — November 12, 2018

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

Scripture: Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4
 
Prayer: The heavy rain has ceased. A certain gray calm has descended upon the scene outside my window. I am especially reflective this morning. Help me, Lord, to be sensitive and responsive to, and prayerful for those who exist in the heavy rain of life.
 
Response: Interesting that this scripture verse came to you on such a dismal morning. Could it be that the Lord is awakening you to His presence just now? Is not that a special reminder when you are still mourning the loss of a dear friend?
 
Be joyful! Sweep the gray sky away and listen as if you are sitting with loved ones in a huge concert auditorium awaiting the thunderous opening of a Russian opera, in an intimate conversation with a loved one in a crowded coffee house or walking the beach alone at sunrise reflecting upon the joy of your life experiences.
 
The Lord is near. He is so near that He hears the very whisper of your heart, and most importantly He responds as you will attest to this as the day unfolds. Praise God!
 
All for this morning.

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Meditation — August 14, 2018

Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Scripture: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “In truth I tell you, it is hard for someone rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven.” When the disciples heard this, they were astonished. ‘Who can be saved, then?” they said. Jesus gazed at them, “By human resources,” he told them, “this is impossible; for God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:23-26
Prayer: For God everything is possible—These anointed words mean everything to me. When I have experienced the trials that I thought were insurmountable, it was then that I turned to almost voiceless prayer because I did not have the words to describe my torment. Yet, the Lord heard the voiceless whisper and responded to revive and heal my spirit.
Response: As you have aged, your prayer has become ever more youthful in that you approach the Father with an innocence and confidence that might have been absent when you were biologically youthful. Reflect on your recent prayers—some that words could not describe—and the results that have occurred to your amazement.
It is as if you were lost driving in an unfamiliar area, your GPS was down, and you were led to a location that was even more direct than you intended. Sometimes, it can be a call from a loved one that you had not expected, a solution to a financial challenge, a breakthrough in a relationship, a resolve that you did not think yourself able, or simply a conversation that arises with a stranger.
When next disturbed by circumstances that arise in your life, repeat the words that Matthew captures for you this day—for God everything is possible. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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