Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
The lighthouse at Sturgeon Bay, WI isn’t a very big lighthouse and you can walk out on a pier and get almost to it. As I walked further out on the pier with the waves crashing against the concrete pier I saw this gull perched on the lighthouse tower looking out over the bay. The waters were crashing around him at the base of the lighthouse but he was safe above the waves. He perched there in this same position for a long time, watching and waiting for the time to find his dinner.
We, like this gull, need to be ever watchful, for there are many temptations that splash against our lives. We have a strong, firm foundation on which to stand. We have a God that will keep us safe from the storms, but we need to use our intellect and senses to keep watch out for the waves of temptation that crash around us.
Strengthen our faith so we have a firm foundation on which to keep watch over the temptations that splash against us. Keep us vigilant and keep our eyes on you.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
Today I have seen the beauty of God’s creation in my walk in the woods and the beauty created by man in a small chapel on the grounds of St. John’s University. I have often heard people say that they are not creative, but this is so wrong. Maybe they mean they are not an artist that can draw or paint, but we are all creative. We are created in the image of God the great creator. We all have a need to create for we are created by God to be creative. Think about your work today as a way to create - create a great lesson, a well organized home, a loving way to discipline a child, or solve a problem in your daily life by looking at it another way. Search for beauty in the small things - a knob on an old drawer, or a beautiful tree - and you will find it.
Great Creator God
Open our eyes to seeing your beauty. Show us the gift you have given us to create and help us to use that gift to share your love with our world.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice;
On a journey to the Northern Great Lakes, I stood in awe of these great inland seas. On some beaches the waves lap gently against a sandy shore, but on others the waves crash against the rocky shoreline. We truly serve a mighty God who speaks to us in gentle waves and those that crash hard against the shore.
Great and Might Lord
Open our hearts to your voice. We bow in awe in your might as we join the waves in praising you.
Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
There are times when the sun seems to hide its light in the morning, as if it were playing hide and seek with the clouds. Finally it breaks through the clouds and we see it clearly - bright and shining on all things. Open your heart and let God sow his perfect light in you. As it grows it will bring wisdom, beauty, and joy.
Father of Light
Sow your light in our hearts. Let it bring truth and wisdom to our everyday lives so that we can reflect your light to others who walk in darkness.
But I will sing of your strength;
We got up very early and drove to this place that I had read about with a large, rocky, peaceful beach that faces east and was good for sunrise. After driving down unfamiliar roads for a while we found that place, but when we got out of the car the sound was deafening. We thought it was thunder but soon learned it was the sound of crashing waves against sea cliffs. The large beach was covered in high water, the winds were strong, and the waves were powerful. I thought about the power and strength of our God who made these amazing waves. We were afraid but we walked on and did find a place that wasn’t quite so high and I took pictures of the sunrise. God has truly been my strength and fortress on many days like this when I found myself in unexpected places with crashing waves and strong winds. He has been my refuge and turned difficult times into times of beauty and peace. In the morning I will sing of his strength.
Great and Mighty God,
In days of high winds and strong waves, be our fortress. Show us beauty in your power and steadfast love.
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