A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

  1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 (NRSV)  12But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; 13esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 . . ., encourage the faint hearted, help …

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  God’s Surprise Paraphrase of Luke 2:26-33 God sent a Messenger to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary. As he entered the Messenger greeted Mary: Greetings! You are beautiful with God’s beauty, beautiful inside and out, God be with you. Mary was confused …

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  Psalm 42:9-11 9I say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?” 10As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?” 11Why are you cast down, O my soul, …

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  Isaiah 41:17-20 17When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. 18I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make …

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Reflection:  Hebrews 11:32-34 (The Message)  32-34 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of Faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves.  They were protected from Lions, fires, and …

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