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This is the day that the Lord has made; 
let us rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

As a child, I celebrated birthdays with joy and excitement. I opened my gifts with great zeal — tearing open boxes, ripping through wrapping paper, and turning gift bags upside down. I was particularly delighted with gifts I could enjoy right away, those labeled “batteries included.”
The verse above describes...

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, help us to pause and appreciate the gift of today and to make the most of what it brings as we seek to serve you. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Psalm 118:24-29

Thought for the Day

I will show my gratitude to God for the gift of each day.

Prayer Focus

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