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Read Psalm 62 (NLT) Thought for the Day: Waiting is an opportunity to rest! When was the last time you had to hurry up and wait for something important? It could have been for a job interview, a doctor’s appointment, a pre-pandemic visit to the DMV, or...

Read Psalm 46(NLT) Thought for the Day: “Be still!” A few years ago, I participated in a Tech Shabbat. Also known as a “Day of Unplugging”, I first learned about this over a decade ago. Essentially, a Tech Shabbat is a modern play on the Biblical notion...

Read Psalm 112(NLT) Thought for the Day: With God, I am confident and fearless! Edwin Friedman, a family therapist, served in Washington DC for nearly forty years. During his career, Friedman helped establish the idea of a “non-anxious presence.” Friedman believed that any organized system (whether a...

Read Psalm 27 (NLT) Thought for the Day: Waiting takes courage! In the Ancient World, many of the greatest settlements had mighty walls encircling them providing protection from invaders. Because of these defenses, invading armies were unable to immediately sweep in and conquer a city. Military commanders...

Read Psalm 54 (NLT) Thought for the Day: God is my helper! When I was in Seventh Grade, a peer falsely accused me of saying something rude. However, by the midpoint of that school year, I was a frequent resident in the Detention Room… so, I lost...

Read Matthew 8:23-27 (NLT) Thought for the Day: Jesus is stronger than the storms in our lives! Throughout my time working in the schools, I have sought to master the art of the ‘teacher voice’. If you think back to your own education, you may remember that...

Read Matthew 8:16-17 (NLT) Thought for the Day: Jesus offers healing! Last night (March 23rd) Rev. Brian Wood led our second Faith Community Healing Service. As we were getting ready for the service, we heard from a number of people who couldn't physically be there but requested...

Read Matthew 8:5-13 (NLT) Thought for the Day: Even enemies are loved by God! Jesus’ ministry did not take place in a free country. For those of us who live in a society with various liberties and freedoms, it can be hard to imagine what typical day-to-day...

Read Matthew 8:1-4 (NLT) Thought for the Day: Jesus heals each of us! In the Ancient World, lepers were cast out from society and went to a remote place where they lived with other outcasts. Today we don’t deal with physical leprosy, but we still use the...