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Friday, May 10, 2019

The gift of life

If today has a theme it is a celebration of the gift of new life. In the morning I experienced the joy of visiting Jacob and Raina in the hospital to meet their new daughter, Iris. With the birth of every child comes the hope that God will bring more love into this world through them.

In the afternoon I got to show the bald eagle nest and young to a group of forty 6th graders. It was their last stop on their field trip experience of Leonard Harrison State Park. The two sibling eagles would pop their heads up into view and then crouch back down in the nest, out of sight.

As new life seems to be abounding everywhere this time of year, I cannot help but catch a little more hope as well.

A prayer straight from scripture for all of the new life that's brought into the world during this season:

From Psalm 139...

O LORD, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, LORD.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!...
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

From Ephesians 3...

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

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