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Just One Look

Reflect Just one look at a good friend in a funny situation can send you into full laughter. Just one look at the mountains, plains, flowers, and sky can stop you in your tracks. Just one look at a positive …

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Rebuilding the Kingdom

Reflect The political divide in this country grows wider by the day—and the infighting is deafening. In smaller ways, though, our own relationships can mirror such a divide. What can you do to ease tensions in your community or family? …

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Sacred Hospitality

Reflect Offering hospitality is sacred. To open the door and greet others with warmth, to provide food and drink, to listen and share time: Each act is a way that we connect with the divine. As Scripture says, when we …

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Jesus and Abundance

Reflect Today ponder the words of John 10:10: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd.” Pray God, help me to let in more—not materials things,but surrendering to more joy, more …

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Ceremony of Repentance

Reflect Most cultures have a religious or spiritual ceremony for repenting or self-cleansing. Native Hawaiians, for example, recognize their faults, come to terms with needing to change, and go into the sea to cleanse their bodies, as well as their …

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Hope and Possibility

Reflect Every morning, I wake up with the words of Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that God has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.” These words frame the day with hope and possibility. They remind …

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The Cycle Repeats

Reflect Scientists who study the brain know that the practice of compassion gives us “feel good” chemicals. MRI scanners show that compassionate mindset and action fill the neural networks with happiness and optimism.  Thus, the cycle continues and success leads …

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