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Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks 
in all circumstances; for this is God’s 
will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

I spent one summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan planning and leading children’s activities. Before I arrived I imagined that the other staff members would be friendly, that the children would behave angelically, and that I would spend my free time at the lake.
As it turned out, the...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, fill our hearts with your peace and joy, and teach us to treat each day as a gift. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Psalms 118:26-29

Thought for the Day

I can choose to give thanks joyfully for God’s love each day.

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