Loving God, help me be the face of joy to someone who might be struggling today. If I am facing struggles of my own, gently guide my thoughts toward gratitude, that I may rejoice always in you. Amen.
Carry These Words in Your Heart Today
Replace my fear with gratitude.
Every time I see this sculpture in the worship center of a local retreat center it speaks to me. The figure kneeling in prayer represents whatever emotion I am feeling at that time -- fear, sadness, anger, gratitude. I can bring all of these emotions to God in prayer.
This is a photograph of a sculpture by Joyce Beisswenger, one of the founders of Penuel Ridge Retreat Center. She created the piece in the 80's and has since passed away. This is a one-of-a-kind piece that lives at the Center.
What are your fears? What helps you cope with your fears? Share your thoughts.
Book of the Day
Patricia F. Wilson
I'm a big fan of Patricia Wilson's. 1. She's a great writer in the area of practical spirituality; 2. She's from Nova Scotia. (I just think that's cool.); and 3. She's really funny. You'll have to check out her other books, including, Why Pray when You Can Take Pills and Worry? This book is one of her "tamer" offerings -- a daily meditation book for women. More about the book.
Sing Your Prayer
Open My Heart - Joy. Listen or sing along.