What to Give to the Person Who Already Has Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (Cassandra Millis)

We’ve reached the time of year when you have to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror… and practice your face of “How did you know that a sweater with kittens in mittens with real mittens sewn onto it so you can stick your hands awkwardly by your stomach is exactly what I wanted!” (That sweater is a true story, by the way.) It’s easy to give a bad gift. It’s easy to give a generic gift. (Leg…

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Predictable

“All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.” Psalm 145:10-13 In Thomas a Kempis’ work titled The Imita…

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Wonders

7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, 8 fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! 9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! 10 Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! 12 Young men and women alike, old and young together! 13 …

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God Our Refuge

Scripture: Psalm 18:1-6 (NRSV) 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2  The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3  I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies. 4  The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition assailed me; 5  the cords of She…

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The Lord Takes Pleasure

“How good it is to sing praises to our God,” the psalmist says, “for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.” Grace, of course, is unmerited favor, being treated better than we deserve. People have a strong sense of deserving these days, and when we get what we deserve there’s no reason to be especially grateful. But grace, that quality of blessing people freely out of sheer good will, is so fre…

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