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A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. - Isaiah 11:1 (NIV)

Within a month’s time, our community had been affected by two hurricanes. The first, Hurricane Hermine, had hit us directly — leaving in its wake fallen trees, power outages, and broken lives. A month later, the second storm, Hurricane Matthew, barely grazed us, but its path of destruction only heightened...

Today's Prayer
Thank you, God, for reminding us that you are with us in all the storms of life. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Isaiah 11:1-10

Thought for the Day

God can take something broken in my life and make it new.

Prayer Focus

Disaster-relief workers


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I wish . . . when I was a child . . .

"This is absolutely lovely! How I wish I had been exposed or otherwise taught this beautiful lesson exactly as it is written here when I was a child. Going on 60 years old now, I am just coming to believe the words contained in this piece. As I look back on my life now, I suspect that my feelings of unworthiness of God’s love began at a very young age. Not explicitly, by which I mean to say that I was never told that I was not worthy of God’s love and mercy, but rather implicitly, through my experiences with simple human error and a constant focus on perfection and pleasing others. I cannot express to you how beautiful this piece is to me; I can only tell you that it touches me very deeply. Thank you!" Read more about Pockets.