Daily Inspiration 2020

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DECEMBER 31, 2020
O children of the forest free, the angel song is true;
the holy child of earth and heaven is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy, who brings you beauty, peace, and joy.
Jesus your king is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.
   -Hymn 114, v.4, The Hymnal 1982
     The Huron Carol
     Words: Jesse Edgar Middleton, translation (1872-1960)

DECEMBER 30, 2020
Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere; 
go tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born!!
   -Hymn 100, refrain, The Hymnal 1982
     Afro-American Spiritual (19th Century)

DECEMBER 29, 2020
Joy to the World! the Lord is come;
let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare him room, 
and heaven and nature sing
   -Hymn 100 v.1, The Hymnal 1982
     Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Listen here: Joy to the World

DECEMBER 28, 2020
A stable lamp is lighted, Whose glow shall wake the sky;
The stars shall bend their voices, And every stone shall cry, 
And straw like gold shall shine; A barn shall harbor heaven, 
A stall become a shrine.
   -Hymn 104 v.1, The Hymnal 1982
     words: Richard Wilbur, b.1921)

DECEMBER 27, 2020
Dost thou in a manger lie, who has all created,
stretching infant hands on high, Savior, long awaited?
If a monarch, where thy state? Where thy court on thee to wait?
Scepter, crown, and sphere? Here no regal pomp we see,
nought but need and penury: why thus cradled here?
   -Hymn 29 v.1, The Hymnal; words: Jean Mauburn (1494)

DECEMBER 26, 2020
On this day angels sing;
with their song earth shall ring,
praising Christ, heaven's King,
born on earth to save us; 
peace and love he gave us. 
Ideo-o-o, Gloria in excelsis Deo!
   -Hymn 92, v.4, The Hymnal 1982

DECEMBER 25, 2020
Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine;
love was born at Christmas: star and angels gave the sign.
   -Hymn 84, The Hymnal 1982, words: Christina Rossetti

DECEMBER 24, 2020
... for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, ...
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into the way of peace.
-Luke 1:76b, 79     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 23, 2020
From the rising of the sun to it's setting
   the name of the Lord is to be praised.
-Psalm 113:2     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 22, 2020
Praise the Lord, all you nations!
For great is his steadfast love toward us, 
   and the faithfulness of the Lord endues forever.
-Psalm 117:1a, 2     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 21, 2020
May those who sow in tears
   reap with shouts of joy.
-Psalm 126:5     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 20, 2020
Then Mary said, "Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
   -Luke 1:38     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 19, 2020
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. 
   -Desmond Tutu

DECEMBER 18, 2020
Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have good news brought to them.
   -Matthew 11:4-5     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 17, 2020
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
   even as we hope in you.
-Psalm 33:22    (NRSV)

DECEMBER 16, 2020
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.
   -hymn 76, v.1, The Hymnal 1982
    words: Charles Coffin (1676-1749)
photo credit: Steve Switzer
Listen to the hymn HERE

DECEMBER 15, 2020
Clap your hands, all you peoples;
   shout to God with loud songs of joy.
-Psalm 47:1     (NSRV)

DECEMBER 14, 2020
You are the living God;
Jesus is your name,
and the glory is yours.
   -Gospel response, A New Zealand Prayer Book

DECEMBER 13, 2020
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; ... let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us.
   -Collect, Third Sunday of Advent, Book of Common Prayer

DECEMBER 12, 2020
... steadfast love surrounds those 
   who trust in the Lord.
-Psalm 32:10b     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 11, 2020
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
   -Isaiah 7:4     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 10, 2020
When we let go of our desire to be in control and to push beyond the limits of our humanness, we praise God.
   -Shannon MacVean-Brown writing in Forward Day by Day

DECEMBER 9, 2020
This day at thy creating word
first o'er the earth the light was poured;
O Lord, this day upon us shine
and fill our hearts with light divine.
   -Hymn 52, The Hymnal 1982, words: William Walsham How (1823-1897)

DECEMBER 8, 2020
Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life ...
   -Luke 21:34     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 7, 2020
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Oh my God, in you I trust...
   -Psalm 25:1, 2a     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 6, 2020
The grass withers, the flower fades;
   but the word of our God will stand forever.
-Isaiah 40:8    (NRSV)

DECEMBER 5, 2020
May [the Lord] grant you your heart's desire
   and fulfill all your plans.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
   -Psalm 20:4, 5b      (NRSV)

DECEMBER 4, 2020
And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?
   -Luke 12:25

DECEMBER 3, 2020
Love is an experience in infinity.
   -found on a Yogi tea bag

DECEMBER 2, 2020
Happy are those who keep his decrees, 
   who seek him with their whole heart.
-Psalm 119:2     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 1, 2020
Christ the sun of righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path ...
   -Advent Blessing, A New Zealand Prayer Book

NOVEMBER 30, 2020
Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
   -Romans 10:17    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 29, 2020
1st Sunday in Advent
For since the world began, 
   no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
   who works for those who wait for him.
-Isaiah 64:4     (NLT)

NOVEMBER 28, 2020
... at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father. 
-Philippians 2:9-10     (NLT)

NOVEMBER 27, 2020
When I am overwhelmed, 
   you alone know the way I should turn.
-Psalm 142:3

NOVEMBER 26, 2020
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. 
   - General Thanksgiving Prayer, BCP, pg. 836

NOVEMBER 25, 2020
So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear son.
   -Ephesians 1:6    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 24, 2020
When all we are and everything we do
are called into question, 
grant us dignity and direction,
grant us patience;
Jesus, be there.
   -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer book, page 601

NOVEMBER 23, 2020
[Jesus] replied, "What is impossible for people is possible with God."
   -Luke 18:27     (NLT)

NOVEMBER 22, 2020
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that yu can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called...
   -Ephesians 1:18     (NLT)

NOVEMBER 21, 2020
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.
   -James 5:13     (NLT)
If you would like me to offer prayers or praises for you today, you know how to reach me!!

NOVEMBER 20, 2020
... always pray and never give up.
   -Luke 8:1b     (NLT)

NOVEMBER 19, 2020
Search for the Lord and for his strength;
   continually seek him.
-Psalm 105:4     (NLT)

NOVEMBER 18, 2020
So humble yourself before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
   -James 4:7-8     (NLT)

NOVEMBER 17, 2020
Be glad and rejoice, 
   for the Lord has done great things.
-Joel 2:21b    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 16, 2020
...the Lord is in his holy Temple.
    Let all the earth be silent before him.
Spend some time in silent meditation today.
   -Habakkuk 2:20    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 15, 2020
But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
   -1 Thessalonians 5:8    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 14, 2020
Give thanks to  him who made the heavenly lights - 
the sun to rule the day, 
and the moon and stars to rule the night. 
   His faithful love endures forever
-Psalm 136:7-9    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 13, 2020
You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. ... and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
   -James 1 :19b, 21b    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 12, 2020
My cup overflows with blessing.
   Psalm 23:5c    (NLT)
Make a list of your blessings today.

NOVEMBER 11, 2020
Then I saw heaven open and a white horse was standing there. It's rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 
   -Revelation 19:11    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 10, 2020
[God] lead his own people like a flock of sheep,
   guiding them safely through the wilderness.
-Psalm 78:52    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 9, 2020
Each breath can be a moment to rest, or pray, or celebrate.
   -Shannon MacVean-Brown, writing for Forward Day by Day

NOVEMBER 8, 2020
But may all who search for you
   be filled with joy and gladness in you.
-Psalm 70:4    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 7, 2020
Teach me how to live, O Lord.
   Lead me along the right path.
-Psalm 27:11a    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 6, 2020
And now bless the God of all,
   who everywhere works great wonders ...
May he give us gladness of heart, 
   and may there be peace in our days ...
-Ecclesiasticus (or Wisdom of Sirach) 50:22a, 23a,   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 5, 2020
Then Jesus said, "What is the kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in it's branches. 
   -Luke 13:18-19    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 4, 2020
You made me; you created me. 
   Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
Now let your unfailing love comfort me,
   just as you promised me, your servant.
-Psalm 119:73,76    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 3, 2020
The principal ingredient of life is love.
The essence of life is to communicate love.
   -found on Yogi tea bags

NOVEMBER 2, 2020
Those who live at the ends of the earth, 
   stand in awe of your wonders. 
From where the sun rises to where it sets, 
   you inspire shouts of joy.
-Psalm 65:8    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 1, 2020
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
   -I John 3:1a    (NLT)
On this All Saints Day, let us give thanks for those who came before, those whom we have loved and lost, and all those dear to us. 

OCTOBER 31, 2020
You go before me and follow me.
   You place your hand of blessing on my head. 
-Psalm 139:5   (NLT)

OCTOBER 30, 2020
[The Lord] lifts up the soul and makes the eyes sparkle;
   he gives health and life and blessing.
-Ecclesiaticus (Sirach) 34:20    (NRSV)

OCTOBER 29, 2020
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
   and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
Then call on me when you are in trouble, 
   and I will rescue you.
-Psalm 50:14-15    (NLT)

OCTOBER 28, 2020
He is the rock; his deeds are perfect. 
   Everything he does is just and fair.
-Deuteronomy 32:4a    (NLT)

OCTOBER 27, 2020
We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, 
   the one who is and who always was ...
-Revelation 11:17a    (NLT)

OCTOBER 26, 2020
Have you heard something? Let it die with you.
   Be brave, it will not make you burst!
Like an arrow stuck in a person's thigh, 
   so is gossip inside a fool. 
-Ecclesiasticus 19:10,12    (NRSV)

OCTOBER 25, 2020
Oh God our help in ages past, 
our hope for years to come, 
be thou our guide while life shall last, 
and our eternal home. 
   -Hymn 680 vs. 6, The Hymnal 1982

OCTOBER 24, 2020
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 
   -Luke 11:10    (NLT)

OCTOBER 23, 2020
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it ever more in your heart. 
   -St. Francis of Assisi

OCTOBER 22, 2020
Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God's children, and those wo do evil prove that they do not know God. 
   3 John 11    (NLT)

OCTOBER 21, 2020
Renew my life with your goodness.
   -Psalm 119:40b    (NLT)

OCTOBER 20, 2020
   I come to your altar, O Lord, 
singing a song of thanksgiving, 
   and telling of all your wonders.
-Psalm 26: 6b-7    (NLT)
This is the outdoor altar for Prayers on the Patio, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, San Pedro

OCTOBER 19, 2020
Give up your faults and direct your hands rightly, 
   and cleanse your heart from all sin.
-Ecclesiaticus (or Sirach) 38:10    (NRSV)

OCTOBER 18, 2020
Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
   Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
-Psalm 96:11    (NLT)

OCTOBER 17, 2020
Love comes to speak to our hearts in the middle of our worst moments. ... love calls our name and preaches the good news. And we must go and share that story as apostles of love. 
   -Shannon MacVean-Brown, writing for Forward Day by Day

OCTOBER 16, 2020
All wisdom is from the Lord, 
   and with him it remains forever.
   The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, 
   and the days of eternity - who can count them?
-Ecclesiatsicus (or Sirach) 1:1-2    (NRSV)

OCTOBER 15, 2020
God's way is perfect.
   All the Lord's promises prove true.
   He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
-Psalm 18:30    (NLT)

OCTOBER 14, 2020
The Lord says, 
"I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you."
   -Hosea 14:4a, 8b    (NLT)

OCTOBER 13, 2020
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; ...
Spread your protection over them, 
   that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
-Psalm 5:11    (NLT)

OCTOBER 12, 2020
As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
   I wait confidently for God to save me, 
   and my God will certainly hear me.
-Micah 7:7    (NLT)

OCTOBER 11, 2020
Mercy floods forth
Love reigns in humanity's desolation
 - from Love Reigns, Dawn M. Switzer
**Read the entire poem on the home tab

OCTOBER 10, 2020
O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
   In wisdom you have made them all. 
   The earth is full of your creatures. 
-Psalm 104:24    (NLT)
Look around today to spot one of God's creatures you haven't noticed before. 

OCTOBER 9, 2020
Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, 
   enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, 
   for there will be nothing to fear.
The Lord of Heaven's Armies
   has made this promise. 
-Micah 4:4    (NLT)

OCTOBER 8, 2020
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
   celebrate his lovely name with music. 
-Psalm 135:3    (NLT)
Take time today to listen to your favorite hymn or Christian song;
offer that time as praise to the Lord.

OCTOBER 7, 2020
But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.
    -Luke 7:35   (NLT)

OCTOBER 6, 2020
My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth!
-Psalm 121:2    (NLT)

OCTOBER 5, 2020
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, ... What you say flows from what is in your heart.
   -Luke 6:45    (NLT)

OCTOBER 4, 2020
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. 
   -Philippians 3:8   (NLT)

OCTOBER 3, 2020
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap. 
   -Luke 6:38   (NLT)

OCTOBER 2, 2020
What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.
   -Acts 22:16    (NLT)

OCTOBER 1, 2020
Oh that we might know the Lord!
   Let us press on to know him.
-Hosea 6:3    (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
Turn to me and be gracious to me, 
   as is your custom toward those who love your name.
-Psalm 119:132    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who fear him. 
-Psalm 103:17a    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." When they had brought their boats to shore, the left everything and followed him.
   -Luke 5:10b11    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 
   -Philippians 2:13   (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
O God our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come;
our shelter from the stormy blast, 
and our eternal home. 
   -Hymn 680 v.1, The Hymnal 1982
   based on Psalm 90:1-5

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020
We thank you for the faith we have inherited in all its rich variety. It sustains our life, though we have been faithless again and again.
Response: Renew us.
Thanksgivings, Book of Common Prayer, pg. 839

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
   our God is merciful.
-Psalm 116:5    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
You are my hiding place and my shield;
   I hope in your word.
-Psalm 119:114    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. 
   -1 Thessalonians 5:11   (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
In all your ways acknowledge [the Lord], 
    and he will make straight your path.
-Proverbs 3:6    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 20, 2020
May this day bring you peace, tranquility and harmony. 
   -Found on a Yogi tea bag

SEPTEMBER 19, 2020
From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth ... so that they would search for God and perhaps trope for him and find him - though indeed he is not far from each one of us.
   -Acts 17:26a, 27    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
I will praise the name of God with a song;
   I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
-Psalm 69:30    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
But where shall wisdom be found?
   And where is the place of understanding?
And [God] said to humankind, 
   "Truly the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
    and to depart from evil is understanding."
-Job 28:12,28    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
Then Job answered the Lord:
   "I know that you can do all things..."
-Job 42:1-2a    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
What we do in this life is forming us for something - either to love God or to love ourselves. Faith is what we believe, but faithfulness is when we act like the things we believe are true.
   -Perry Mullins, writing in Forward Day by Day

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
O sing to the Lord a new song, 
   for he has done marvelous things.
-Psalm 98:1    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me, 
    bless his holy name. 
-Psalm 103:1    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   -Psalm 139:14a    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
Hear my prayer, O God;
   give ear to the words of my mouth.
-Psalm 54:2    (NRSV)

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
The mighty one, God the Lord,
   speaks and summons the earth
   from the rising of the sun to its setting.
-Psalm 50:1    (NRSV)

Jesus answered, "... Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them."
   -John 11:9-10    (NRSV)

Clap your hands all you peoples;
   shout to God with loud songs of joy.
-Psalm 47:1    (NRSV)

The Spirit of God has made me,
   and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 
-Job 33:4    (NRSV)

The commandments ... are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
   -Romans 13:9   (NRSV)

Agree with God and be at peace;
   in this way good will come to you.
Receive instructions from his mouth,
   and lay up his words in your heart.
-Job 22:21-22    (NRSV)

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
   and that at last he will stand upon the earth.
-Job 19:25    (NRSV)

Jesus [said], "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
   -John 9:5   (NRSV)

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
   -Mother Teresa

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
   your faithfulness to the clouds.
-Psalm 36:5     (NRSV)

AUGUST 31, 2020
With God are wisdom and strength;
   he has counsel and understanding.
-Job 12:13    (NRSV)

AUGUST 30, 2020
All children and infants, all people who play:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
    -Benedicite Aotearoa (verse 12), A New Zealand Prayer Book

AUGUST 29, 2020
All sweepers and diplomats, writers and artists,
     grocers, carpenters, students and stock-agents,
     seafarers, farmers, bakers and mystics:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
    -Benedicite Aotearoa (verse 11), A New Zealand Prayer Book
(photo credit: Steve Switzer)

AUGUST 28, 2020
All prophets and priests, all cleaners and clerks,
   professors, shop workers, typists and teachers, 
   job-seekers, invalids, drivers and doctors:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
   -Benedicite Aotearoa (verse 10), A New Zealand Prayer Book

AUGUST 27, 2020
[God] will yet fill your mouth with laughter,
   and your lips with shouts of joy.
-Job 8:21    (NRSV)
(and with flowers, too!)

AUGUST 26, 2020
With my whole heart I seek you;
   do not let me stray from your commandments.
-Psalm 119:10   (NRSV)

AUGUST 25, 2020
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
   in the morning I plead my case to you and watch.
-Psalm 5:3    (NRSV)

AUGUST 24, 2020
You will not fear the terror of the night, 
   or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, 
   or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
-Psalm 91:5-6    (NRSV)

AUGUST 23, 2020
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things not at hand. 
    -Thomas Aquinas

AUGUST 22, 2020
[Jesus answered them,] "Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life."
   -John 6:47    (NRSV)

AUGUST 21, 2020
[Then Jesus answered them,] "For the bread of  God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."
   -John 6:33-34    (NRSV)

AUGUST 20, 2020
God is love, and where true love is God himself is there.
    -Refrain, Hymn 577, The Hymnal 1982

AUGUST 19, 2020
Happy 3rd birthday Daily Inspiration!!
Be exaulted, O God, above the highest heavens.
   May your glory shine over all the earth.
-Psalm 108:5   (NLT)
This was the very first Daily Inspiration post on this day in 2017. I'm am so grateful to be doing this ministry and for those of you who have been with me from day one, and to those who have found your way here. I pray that these Daily Inspirations bring some light, truth, faith, love, hope, gratefulness, and joy into your lives. 

AUGUST 18, 2020
"Deliver me, O Lord, 
    from lying lips, 
    from a deceitful tongue."
-Psalm 120:2   (NRSV)

AUGUST 17, 2020
... the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says, 
    'Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.'
-Acts 7:48-49a    (NRSV)

AUGUST 16, 2020
How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity!
-Psalm 133:1

AUGUST 15, 2020
And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
    -Galatians 4:6-7    (NRSV)

AUGUST 14, 2020
Lord, Holy Spirit
You are the sun who shines on the little plant,
You warm him gently, you give him life,
You raise him up to become a tree with many leaves.
   -from A Song to the Holy Spirit by James K. Baxter, in A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 157

AUGUST 13, 2020
[The Samaritans] said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world."
   -John 4:42    (NRSV)

AUGUST 12, 2020
But for you who revere [the Lord's] name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in it's wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 
   -Malachi 4:2    (NRSV)

AUGUST 11, 2020
The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life...
   -John 3:35-36a    (NRSV)

AUGUST 10, 2020
Blessed be the Lord forever.
   Amen and Amen.
-Psalm 89:52    (NRSV)

AUGUST 9, 2020
And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news."
   -Romans 10:14b-15    (NRSV)

AUGUST 8, 2020
So teach us to count our days
   that we may gain a wise heart.
-Psalm 90:12    (NRSV)

AUGUST 7, 2020
When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
   -Acts 4:31    (NRSV)

AUGUST 6, 2020
I sought the Lord and he answered me,
   and delivered me from all my fears.
-Psalm 34:4

AUGUST 5, 2020
Arise, child of mine
for I give you strength of
body and heart and soul.
   -Strengthened I Rise, Dawn M. Switzer
To read the full poem, visit the Home tab.

AUGUST 4, 2020
... we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might
and the wonders he has done.
   -Psalm 78:4b   (NRSV)

AUGUST 3, 2020
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
   -John 1:5    (NRSV)

AUGUST 2, 2020
Come to the table
Come join the sinners, you have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior now
Sit down and be set free
Come to the table.
   -Song, Come to the Table, Sidewalk Prophets
Listen here: Come to the Table

AUGUST 1, 2020
And Jesus came and said to [the disciples], "... And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. 
   -Matthew 28:18a, 20b    (NRSV)

JULY 31, 2020
Let all who seek God's help be encouraged.
   -Psalm 69:32b   (NLT)

JULY 30, 2020
Both day and night belong to you;
   you made the starlight and the sun.
You set the boundaries of the earth,
   and you made both summer and winter.
-Psalm 74:16-17    (NLT)

JULY 29, 2020
You and I may well be cast down if we think we are left alone to our own devices. But we are not left alone. We have God to go to for help, and there is nothing too hard for God.
   -Perry Mullins, writing in Forward Day by Day

JULY 28, 2020
All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen.
   -Romans 16:27   (NLT)
JULY 27, 2020
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.
   -John Muir

JULY 26, 2020
Here is another illustration Jesus used: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches."
   -Matthew 13:31-32   (NLT)
JULY 25, 2020
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
   O righteous God.
-Psalm 7:9b    (NLT)
JULY 24, 2020
[The Lord] has given me a new song to sing,
   a hymn of praise to our God.
-Psalm 40:3    (NLT)
JULY 23, 2020
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. 
   -Romans 15:13   (NLT)

JULY 22, 2020
Let your whole nation and every tribe know and understand that you are God, the God of all power and might, and that there is no other who protects the people ... but you alone. 
   -Judith 9:14    (NRSV)
JULY 21, 2020
O God, we meditate on your unfailing love
   as we worship in your Temple.
-Psalm 48:9    (NLT)
Where is God's Temple for you?

JULY 20, 2020
I will praise you forever, O God, 
   for what you have done.
-Psalm 52:9    (NLT)

JULY 19, 2020
At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, "... What's more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go."
   -Genesis 28:13a, 15a    (NLT)
JULY 18, 2020
The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
   I will advise you and watch over you."
-Psalm 32:8    (NLT)
JULY 17, 2020
... I will praise you all day long.
   -Psalm 35:28b    (NLT)
JULY 16, 2020
... let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
   -Romans 12:2    (NLT)
JULY 15, 2020
For everything comes from [the Lord] and exists by his power and in intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen
   -Romans 12:36    (NLT)

JULY 14, 2020
You're the God who saves
you're the one who runs in my direction
when the whole world walks away
You're the God who stands
with wide open arms ...
   -Matthew West, song "The God Who Stays"
listen here: The God Who Stays

JULY 13, 2020
Lead me by your truth and teach me, 
   for you are the God who saves me.
   All day long I put my hope in you.
-Psalm 25:5    (NLT)

JULY 12, 2020
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, 
   O God our Savior.
You are the hope of everyone on the earth, 
   even those who sail on distant seas.
-Psalm 65:5   (NLT)

JULY 11, 2020
Let my soul be at rest again, 
   for the Lord has been good to me.
-Psalm 116:7   (NLT)

JULY 10, 2020
[Moses said,] "... Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you or abandon you.
   Deuteronomy 31:8   (NLT)

JULY 9, 2020
You light a lamp for me.
   The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
-Psalm 18:28    (NLT)

JULY 8, 2020
All to often we crave things that the world tells us will make us happy. But God is the only one who can calm the storms in our hearts and fill the void that is aching to be filled with Love.
   -Perry Mullins, writing for Forward Day By Day

JULY 7, 2020
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. ... neither our fears for today, nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.
   -Romans 8:38    (NLT)

JULY 6, 2020
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. 
   -Romans 8:26a   (NLT)
JULY 5, 2020
The eyes of all look to you in hope ...
   -Psalm 145:13a    (NLT)

JULY 4, 2020
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: ...Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. ... In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail... 
   -Prayer for our Country, BCP, p. 820

JULY 3, 2020
Friendship is a sheltering tree. 
   -Samuel Taylor Coleridge, found on a Traditional Medicinals tea bag

JULY 2, 2020
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
   -Romans 8:11a   (NLT)

JULY 1, 2020
But Balaam replied, " I will speak only the message the Lord puts in my mouth."
   -Numbers 23:12   (NLT)
To read my meditation on this verse (and perhaps get an insight into why I chose this photo) visit the God Speaks "HOME" tab above).

JUNE 30, 2020
Now we can serve God ... in the new way of living in the Spirit.
   -Romans 7:6b   (NLT)

JUNE 29, 2020
For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: " ... I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day."
   -Ezekiel 34:11a, 12b   (NLT)

JUNE 28, 2020
But I will rejoice in your unfailing love.
   I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
-Psalm 13:5   (NLT)

JUNE 27, 2020
And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. So ... consider yourselves to be dead to to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
   -Romans 6:4b, 11   (NLT)

JUNE 26, 2020
So Moses did as he was told (by the Lord). ... [he] raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill. 
   -Numbers 20: 9, 11   (NLT)

JUNE 25, 2020
So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
   -Romans 5:11   (NLT)

JUNE 24, 2020
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. 
   -St. Francis of Assisi

JUNE 23, 2020
Come let us sing to the Lord!
Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
   -Psalm 95:1a, 2a   (NLT)

JUNE 22, 2020
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 
   -Romans 3:33   (NLT)

JUNE 21, 2020
Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: ... "If you cling to your life you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it."
   -Matthew 21:1, 39   (NLT)
JUNE 20, 2020
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love
   so that we may sing for joy to the end of our days.
-Psalm 90:14   (NLT)
JUNE 19, 2020
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, 
   to sing praises to the most high.
-Psalm 92:1   (NLT)
JUNE 18, 2020
Jesus said... "For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.
   -Matthew 18:20   (NLT)
JUNE 17, 2020
I heard an unknown voice say, 
"Now I will take the load from your shoulders;
   I will free your hands from their heavy tasks."
-Psalm 81:5b-6   (NLT)

JUNE 16, 2020
He's got the whole world in His hands
He's got the itty-bitty baby in His hands
He's got a-you and me brother in His hands
He's got a-you and me sister in His hands
He's got the whole world in His hands.
   -Traditional African American Spiritual

JUNE 15, 2020
The Lord's Prayer - along with so many other ways to pray - is an invitation to a conversation, a time to be with God, the one who loves us above all else and understands the desires of our hearts before we even speak. 
   -Richelle Thompson, writing for Forward Day by Day
How will you talk with God today?

JUNE 14, 2020
And so I walk in the Lord's presence
   as I live here on earth!
-Psalm 116:9   (NLT)

JUNE 13, 2020
What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God's peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. 
   -Galatians 6:15b-16   (NLT)

JUNE 12, 2020
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
   but God remains the strength of my heart, 
   he is mine forever.
-Psalm 73:26   (NLT)

JUNE 11, 2020
May this day bring you peace, tranquility and harmony.
   -Found on a Yogi tea bag

JUNE 10, 2020
What is important is faith expressing itself in love. 
   -Galatians 5:6b   (NLT)

JUNE 9, 2020
From the ends of the earth, 
   I cry to you for help
   when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety.
   -Psalm 61:2   (NLT)

JUNE 8, 2020
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
   May your glory shine over all the earth.
-Psalm 57:5   (NLT)

JUNE 7, 2020
Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.
   -2 Corinthians 13:11b   (NLT)

JUNE 6, 2020
Morning, noon, and night
   I cry out in my distress,
   and the Lord hears my voice. 
-Psalm 55:17   (NLT)

JUNE 5, 2020
... soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed. They begged [Jesus] to let the sick touch the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.
   -Matthew 14: 35b-36   (NLT)

JUNE 4, 2020
God shines in glorious radiance. 
   -Psalm 50:2b   (NLT)

JUNE 3, 2020
Come, let us tell of the Lord's greatness;
   He freed me from all my fears.
-Psalm 34:3   (NLT)

JUNE 2, 2020
Singing Oh Lord, keep me in the moment
Help me live with my eyes wide open
'Cause I don't want to miss what you have for me...
   -Jeremy Camp, Keep Me in the Moment

JUNE 1, 2020
My heart rejoices in the Lord!
   The Lord has made me strong.
-1 Samuel 2:1   (NLT)

MAY 31, 2020
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
   I will praise my God to my last breath!
-Psalm 104:33   (NLT)

MAY 30, 2020

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
   -Ephesians 6:18   (NLT)

MAY 29, 2020

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. 
   -Eleanor Roosevelt
MAY 28, 2020
... let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
   -Ephesians 4:23   (NLT)

MAY 27, 2020
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love.
   -Ephesians 4:2   (NLT)

MAY 26, 2020
Now all glory to  God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
   -Ephesians 3:20   (NLT)

MAY 25, 2020
This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you everywhere you go.
   -Joshua 1:9   (NLT)
MAY 24, 2020
For the Lord God is our sun and shield.
   He gives us grace and glory.
-Psalm 84:11a   (NLT)
MAY 23, 2020
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 
   -Ephesians 2:10   (NLT)

MAY 22, 2020
For all the earth is the Lord's,
   and he has set the world in order. 
-1 Samuel 2:8c   (NLT)

MAY 21, 2020
Come everyone! Clap your hands!
   Shout to God with joyful praise!
-Psalm 47:1   (NLT)

MAY 20, 2020
Sing praises to God and to his name!
   Sing praises to him who rides in the clouds.
-Psalm 68:4a   (NLT)

MAY 19, 2020
I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear.
   -Leviticus 26:6   (NLT)

MAY 18, 2020
When we recognize how beloved we truly are, when we claim a faith received by grace, our eyes are opened to new ways of being and doing. 
   -Helen Van Koevering, writing in Forward Day by Day

MAY 17, 2020
For in [God] we live and move and exist.
   -Acts 17:28a   (NLT)

MAY 16, 2020
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 
   -2 Thessalonians 3:16   (NLT)

MAY 15, 2020
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
   -Matthew 7:7   (NLT)

MAY 14, 2020
And if God cares so wonderfully for wild flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
   -Matthew 6:30   (NLT)

MAY 13, 2020
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances...
   -1 Thesssalonians 5:16-18a   (NLT)

MAY 12, 2020
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
   for my hope is in him.
-Psalm 62:5   (NLT)

MAY 11, 2020
For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
   Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
-Psalm 57:10   (NLT)

MAY 10, 2020
"Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me."  -Jesus
   -John 14:1   (NLT)

MAY 9, 2020
Give your burdens to the Lord,
   and he will take care of you.
-Psalm 55:22a   (NLT)

MAY 8, 2020
And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow...
   -1 Thessalonians 3:12   (NLT)

MAY 7, 2020
In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
   -Psalm 59:10a

MAY 6, 2020
The Lord replied, "I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest - everything will be fine for you.
   -Exodus 33:14   (NLT)

MAY 4, 2020
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you have the right response for everyone.
   -Colossians 4:6   (NLT)

MAY 3, 2020
... Christ suffered for you. ...
By his wounds
   you are healed.
-1 Peter 2:21a, 25b   (NLT)

MAY 2, 2020
... you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
   -Colossians 3:12b   (NLT)

MAY 1, 2020
Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.
   -2 Corinthians 4:1

APRIL 30, 2020
Trust in the Lord and do good.
   -Psalm 37:3a   (NLT)
APRIL 29, 2020
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
   -Colossians 1:15a   (NLT)

APRIL 28, 2020
You know what I long for, Lord;
   you hear my every sigh.
-Psalm 38:9   (NLT)

APRIL 27, 2020
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
   -1 Peter 3:7   (NLT)

APRIL 26, 2020
What can I offer the Lord
   for all he has one for me?
-Psalm 116:12   (NLT)

APRIL 25, 2020
I still get widely enthusiastic about little things ... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
   -Leo Buscaglia

APRIL 24, 2020
... you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks you about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.
   -1 Peter 3:15   (NLT)

APRIL 23, 2020
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
   my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
-Psalm 18:2   (NLT)

APRIL 22, 2020
... you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are his holy priests.
   -1 Peter 2:5   (NLT)

APRIL 21, 2020
[Jesus said,] "I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."
   -John 14:27   (NLT)

APRIL 20, 2020
You love [Jesus] even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
   -1 Peter 1:8   (NLT)

APRIL 19, 2020
Each day provides its own gifts.
   -Marcus Aurelius

APRIL 18, 2020
And then [Jesus] told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone."
   -Mark 16:15   (NLT)

APRIL 17, 2020
The Lord is my light and my salvation -
   so why should I be afraid?
-Psalm 27:1   (NLT)

APRIL 16, 2020
I love the Lord because he hears my voice
   and my prayer for mercy.
-Psalm 116:1   (NLT)

APRIL 15, 2020
Peter said, ... "In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!" ... the man's feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. ... walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the temple with [Peter and John].
   -Acts 3: 6b, 7a, 8b     (NLT)

APRIL 14, 2020
Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, "I have seen the Lord!"
   -John 20:18   (NLT)

APRIL 13, 2020
You have shown me the way of life,
   and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.
-Acts 2:28   (NLT)

APRIL 12, 2020
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
   -Hymn 207, The Hymnal 1982
Listen here: Alleluia!

APRIL 11, 2020
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
   His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
   his mercies begin afresh each morning.
-Lamentations 3:22-23   (NLT)

APRIL 10, 2020
My life is poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint.
-Psalm 22:14
For more on why I chose this scripture for today, read my meditation on the God Speaks blog.
On this Good Friday

APRIL 9, 2020
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
   -John 14:34-35   (NLT)

APRIL 8, 2020
Think of all the hostility [Jesus] endured from sinful people; then you won't become weary and give up.
   -Hebrews 12:3   (NLT)

APRIL 7, 2020
Jesus [said], "... walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in darkness cannot see where they are going."
   John 12:35b   (NLT)

APRIL 6, 2020
   How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
   in the shadow of your wings.
-Psalm 36:7   (NLT)

APRIL 5, 2020
Palm Sunday
All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer, King!
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
   -Hymn 154, Refrain, The Hymnal 1982
listen here: Hymn 154 All glory, laud, & honor
The video link is from Trinity Episcopal in Danville, KY. This
really struck me how big God is during this time of COVID-19,
and how we can worship "together" in so many ways.

APRIL 4, 2020
Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.
   -Psalm 144:15b   (NLT)

APRIL 3, 2020
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.
   -2 Corinthians 4:8   (NLT)

APRIL 2, 2020
Jesus looked at [the disciples] intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God."
   -Mark 10:27   (NLT)

APRIL 1, 2020
In Christ there is no East or West,
in him no South or North,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.
   -Hymn 529 (vs.1), The Hymnal 1982

MARCH 31, 2020
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
   both now and forever.
-Psalm 121:8

MARCH 30, 2020
Everlasting impact with compassion and kindness is called love.
   -saying on a Yogi tea bag
(kindness rocks project~found rock)

MARCH 29, 2020
For Sundays in Lent, God Speaks-Daily Inspiration will be the meditation designed for St. Peter's Episcopal Church in San Pedro ~ inviting you to go a little deeper this Lent.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits;
   and in his word I hope...
-Psalm 130:5   (NRSV)

MARCH 28, 2020
But Moses protested to God, "... Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?" God answered, "I will be with you."
   -Exodus 3:11-12a   (NLT)

MARCH 27, 2020
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing.
   -1 Corinthians 13:3   (NLT)

MARCH 26, 2020
Answer my prayers, O Lord,
   for your unfailing love is wonderful.
Take care of me,
   for your mercy is so plentiful.
-Psalm 69:16   (NLT)

MARCH 25, 2020
May God kindle in us
the fire of love
to bring us alive
and give warmth to the world.
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, Midday Prayer, pg 164

MARCH 24, 2020
The call of Jesus comes through the miraculous and the ordinary, in moments and lifetimes, through birth and death, with others or alone. Jesus' call is always love in action.
   -Helen Van Koevering, writing in Forward Day by Day

MARCH 23, 2020
A prayer for today ~
O Lord Jesus, thank you for this day;
   alleviate my anxiety,
   calm my chaos,
   fuel my faith,
   pour out your peace,
and let me remember that You are the light in the darkness.

MARCH 22, 2020
For Sundays in Lent, God Speaks-Daily Inspiration will be the meditation designed for St. Peter's Episcopal Church in San Pedro ~ inviting you to go a little deeper this Lent.
Live as children of the light - for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.
   -Ephesians 5:8b-9   (NRSV)

MARCH 21, 2020
Give thanks to [God] who alone does mighty miracles.
   His faithful love endures forever.
-Psalm 136:4   (NLT)

MARCH 20, 2020
But Jesus spoke to [the disciples] at once, "Don't be afraid," he said. "Take courage! I am here."
   -Mark 7:50b   (NLT)

MARCH 19, 2020
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping ...
   -Romans 4:18a

MARCH 18, 2020
And there is one Lord Jesus Christ,
   through whom all things were created,
   and through whom we live.
-1 Corinthians 8:6c   (NLT)

MARCH 17, 2020
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
   -The Hymnal #370, words attributed to St. Patrick

MARCH 16, 2020
O God, your ways are holy.
   Is there any God as mighty as you?
You are the God of great wonders!
   -Psalm 77:13   (NLT)

MARCH 15, 2020
For Sundays in Lent, God Speaks-Daily Inspiration will be the meditation designed for St. Peter's Episcopal Church in San Pedro ~ inviting you to go a little deeper this Lent.
and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
   -Romans 5:5   (NRSV)

MARCH 14, 2020
You are glorious and more majestic
   than the everlasting mountains.
-Psalm 76:4   (NLT)

MARCH 13, 2020
Praying for the peace of God is a wonderful way to keep our hearts and minds quiet enough to move forward in love.
   Mark Bozzuti-Jones, writing in Forward Day by Day

MARCH 12, 2020
How can I describe the kingdom of God? ... It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants...
   -Mark 4:30a, 31-32a

MARCH 11, 2020
And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God's word...
   -Mark 4:20a   (NLT)

MARCH 10, 2020
Oh my people, trust in him at all times.
   Pour out your heart to him,
   for God is our refuge.
-Psalm 62:8   (NLT)

MARCH 9, 2020
My heart is confident in you, O God;
   my heart is confident.
   No wonder I can sing your praises!
-Psalm 57:7   (NLT)

MARCH 8, 2020
For Sundays in Lent, God Speaks-Daily Inspiration will be the meditation designed for St. Peter's Episcopal Church in San Pedro ~ inviting you to go a little deeper this Lent.
God did not send the son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
   -John 3:17   (NRSV)

MARCH 7, 2020
God you shape our dreams.
As we put our trust in you
may your hopes and desires
be ours,
and we your expectant people.
   -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 464

MARCH 6, 2020
Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!
   -Psalm 54:1a   (NLT)

I will send out an army to find you
in the middle of the darkest night
It's true, I will rescue you.
   -from Lauren Daigle, Rescue Me
Listen here:  Rescue Me

MARCH 5, 2020
But as for me, I will sing about your power.
   Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
-Psalm 59:16a   (NLT)

MARCH 4, 2020
We have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
   -1 Corinthians 2:12   (NLT)

MARCH 3, 2020
Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
   -1 Corinthians 1:24b   (NLT)

MARCH 2, 2020
The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan for fourty days. He was out among wild animals and angels took care of him.
   -Mark 1:12-13

MARCH 1, 2020
For Sundays in Lent, God Speaks-Daily Inspiration will be the meditation designed for St. Peter's Episcopal Church in San Pedro ~ inviting you to go a little deeper this Lent.
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
   whose sin is covered.
-Psalm 32:1   (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 29, 2020
I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who strengthens me.
   -Philippians 4:12b-13   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 28, 2020
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
   for you have seen my troubles,
   and you care about the anguish of my soul.
-Psalm 31:7   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 27, 2020
Turn from evil and do good,
   and you will live in the land forever.
-Psalm 37:27   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 26, 2020
Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. ...
   -Ash Wednesday Collect, BCP pg. 264

FEBRUARY 25, 2020
The Lord gives his people strength.
   -Psalm 28:8a   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 24, 2020
... but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
   -Philippians 3:13b-14   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 23, 2020
... a voice from the cloud said, "This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him."
   -Matthew 17:5

FEBRUARY 22, 2020
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
   -1 John 3:11   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 21, 2020
And what a relief to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the face of God.
   -Genesis 33:10b  (NLT)
photo credit: Cynthia Dawson Photography

FEBRUARY 20, 2020
Then Jacob prayed, "... I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant."
   -Genesis 32:9a, 10a   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 19, 2020
I will give repeated thanks to the Lord,
   praising him to everyone.
-Psalm 109:30   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 18, 2020
May this day be the day to lead us to peace, to happiness and to joy.
   -found on a Yogi tea bag

FEBRUARY 17, 2020
The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
   everything in the world is yours - you created it all,
-Psalm 89:11   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 16, 2020
Oh, that my actions would consistently
    reflect [the Lord's] decrees!
-Psalm 119:5   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 15, 2020
Give thanks to the God of heaven.
   His faithful love endures forever.
-Psalm 136:26   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Owe nothing to anyone - except your obligation to love one another.
   -Romans 13:8a   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
   -Romans 12:12   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 12, 2020
From the dew of heaven
   and the riches of the earth,
may God always give you abundant harvests of grain
   and bountiful new wine.
-Genesis 27:28   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 11, 2020
Now may the God of peace
equip you with all you need
   for doing his will.
-Hebrews 13:20a, 21a   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
  -Hebrews 13:1-2   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 9, 2020
... let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
   -Matthew 5:16   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 8, 2020
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.
   -Hebrews 12:14   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 7, 2020
Praise him, O heaven and earth,
   the seas and all that move in them.
-Psalm 69:34   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 6, 2020
Therefore... let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us ring with endurance the race God has set before us.
   -Hebrews 12:1b   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 5, 2020
Lord, Holy Spirit, beyond, within, above,
Beneath all things, you give us life.
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 160  (James K. Baxter)

FEBRUARY 4, 2020
Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.
   -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

FEBRUARY 3, 2020
My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.
   -Psalm 57:3b   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 2, 2020
What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, ...
   -Psalm 84:5a   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 1, 2020
I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;
   I will sing praises before the gods.
-Psalm 138:1   (NLT)

JANUARY 31, 2020
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
   -Hebrews 10:24   (NLT)

JANUARY 29, 2020
O Lord, your unfailing love fills the earth...
   -Psalm 119:46a   (NLT)

JANUARY 28, 2020
Jesus told [the sick man], "Stand up, pick up your mat and walk!" Instantly the man was healed. He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking.
   -John 5:8-9a   (NLT)

JANUARY 27, 2020
Remember that bodily exercise, when it is well ordered, as I have said, is also prayer by means of which you can please God our Lord.
   -St. Ignatius

JANUARY 26, 2020
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other.
   -1 Corinthians 1:10   (NLT)

JANUARY 25, 2020
May God be merciful and bless us.
   May his face smile with favor on us.
-Psalm 67:1   (NLT)

JANUARY 24, 2020
So be strong and courageous,
   all you who put your hope in the Lord!
-Psalm 31:24   (NLT)

JANUARY 23, 2020
"...those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life."
"Please, sir, " the woman said, "give me this water. Then I'll never be thirsty again..."
   -John 4:14-15   (NLT)

JANUARY 22, 2020
Make me walk along the path of your commands,
   for that is where my happiness is found.
-Psalm 119:35   (NLT)

JANUARY 21, 2020
When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.
   - Genesis 9:16   (NLT)

JANUARY 20, 2020
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
   -Hebrews 4:16   (NLT)

JANUARY 19, 2020
The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
   the godly run to him and are safe.
-Proverbs 18:10   (NLT)

JANUARY 18, 2020
The Lord is my shepherd;
   I have all that I need.
-Psalm 23:1   (NLT)

JANUARY 17, 2020
I know the Lord is always with me.
   I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
-Palm 16:8   (NLT)

JANUARY 16, 2020
He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
   he drew me out of deep waters.
-Psalm 18:16   (NLT)

JANUARY 15, 2020
Since [Jesus] himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
   -Hebrews 2:18   (NLT)

JANUARY 14, 2020
There is one Body and one Spirit;
There is one hope in God's call to us;
One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;
One God and Father of all
   -Holy Baptism, Book of Common Prayer, pg. 299

JANUARY 13, 2020
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
   may I never forget the good things he does for me.
-Psalm 103:2   (NLT)

JANUARY 12, 2020
The Lord gives his people strength.
   The Lord blesses them with peace.
-Psalm 29:11   (NLT)

JANUARY 11, 2020
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.
   -Colossians 3:14-15a   (NLT)

JANUARY 10, 2020
If I ride the wings of the morning,
   if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
   and your strength support me.
-Psalm 139:9-10   (NLT)

JANUARY 9, 2020
Truly, O God of Israel, our Savior,
   you work in mysterious ways.
-Isaiah 45:15   (NLT)

JANUARY 8, 2020
This is the day the Lord has made.
   We will rejoice and be glad in it.
-Psalm 118:24   (NLT)

JANUARY 7, 2020
May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
   -Colossians 1:11b-12   (NLT)

JANUARY 6, 2020
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence.
   -Ephesians 3:12   (NLT)

JANUARY 5, 2020
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.
   -Ephesians 5:1-2a   (NLT)

JANUARY 4, 2020
Now restore us again, O God of our salvation.
   -Psalm 85:4a

JANUARY 3, 2020
Praise the Lord, praise God our savior!
   For each day he carries us in his arms.
-Psalm 68:19   (NLT)

JANUARY 2, 2020
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
   -Ephesians 4:1   (NLT)

JANUARY 1, 2020
May the Lord bless you
   and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
   and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
   and give you peace.
-Numbers 6:24-26   (NLT)