Patrick Castleberry (Mississippi, USA)
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The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. . . . they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. - Isaiah 35:1-2 (NIV)
As I was walking with my mother this morning, we noticed lilies growing among the overgrown grass and weeds in a lot that has sat abandoned since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was both striking and touching to see an example of such beauty in the midst of such ugliness....
Though I may not see it, God is always at work in my life.
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I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”