A Prayer Board

Prayer List

My current prayer board in my home office is crowded, jammed, overflowing, packed, and crammed, but it is not filled.  Each week, I update the board and use it in my morning prayers.  Collectively praying for those who need our prayers each day matters.  And it helps me to have a visual prayer list.  Who is on your prayer list this week?

Pray.  Stay at home if you can. Flatten the curve.  Take care of your family and your self.  Be safe. Pray.

 

Shared by Marcie Doll

Sunday Musical Reflection…I come to the Garden Alone

I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses
And He walks with me and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known
He speaks, and the sound of his voice is so sweet
The birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He give to me
Within my heart is to ringing.
And He walks with me and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known
I stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me is falling.
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.
And He walks with me and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

 

Mahalia Jackson’s version of I Come to the Garden Alone

Elvis Presley singing I Come to the Garden Alone

The Treble Chorus sings I Come to the Garden Alone

And I have to say my favorite version….

Johnny Cash’s version….

Shared by Marcie Doll

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks…let’s take a virtual hike together this Saturday.

Earlier this week, the National Park Service posted these virtual hiking videos….you may get a chance to visit these spots, but right now, virtual will have to do.

Bryce Canyon:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWbR6N5tYaQ
Devils Postpile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Sf_EJcjws
Redwoods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74_BBhDMxkI
Grand Canyon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLaLmEW0hWg
Zion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jn0p9YpMCI

If you are looking for something different than a hike, the main site for the National Park Service is chock-full of resources and fun activities. https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

Come and let’s take a hike together!

“Every natural object is a conductor of divinity and only by coming into contact with them… may we be filled with the Holy Ghost.” – John Muir

 

 

A Lenten Word

Some say we must be tested

for COVID 19

yes, but let us say also we are being tested

by COVID 19

of what mettle we are, how brittle

a kettle cooked chip

an iron link binding us together

while keeping distance

do we know

no, we do not yet know

but moment by moment

we choose

what is set before us

scripture-googled ancient ago:  Deuteronomy 30:19

one preposition, one conjunction, one word

making all the difference

in the contradictions in which we are held

which we must hold

 

 

Margaret Dimoplon

Hope in Uncertain Times…

As I listened to the Dr. Bos sermon this Sunday from my living room couch, I thought how befitting the theme was during this trying time: “Hope in Uncertain Times”.  He quoted Isaiah 41:10:

“Fear not, for I am with you,
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (RSV)

As Christians, we are comforted by the fact that we have a place to go for any and all crises, including a health issue like the one we are presently battling with. That place is described in the word of God, which reminds us where to put our hope. This is a good time to remind ourselves that our hope is not in what we save or even in our physical health. Neither our financial status nor our current health status provides the source of our identity.   Psalm 20:7 reminds us thus:

 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God”.

Or, we might say,

 “Some trust in our financial portfolio and some in our health status, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

 We are also comforted by Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

Shared by Agatha Pratt