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The Lord said to Samuel . . . “People look at 
the outward appearance, but the Lord 
looks at the heart.” - 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

I put down the thin-skinned, brown-spotted orange and picked up a perfect, round navel orange. “Don’t be fooled by its looks,” a fellow shopper advised. “The thin-skinned orange will be sweeter and juicier than the navel orange.” Largely to appease the other shopper, I took one of each. Yet, after...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, help us remember to look beyond outward appearances and strive to view each of your creations through your eyes. Amen.

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Today's Reading
1 Samuel 16:1-7

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Each person is God’s beautiful creation.

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