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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. - James 1:2 (NIV)

I grew up braving bees, skunks, and thorns to pick wild blackberries for the promise of winter pies. Recently, I picked alone, leaning into the thorny vines as always. I knew the thorns would scratch my legs and arms and snag my clothes as I stretched out for the ripe,...

Today's Prayer
Giver of joy, comfort our souls when we face hardships. Amen.

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Today's Reading
James 1:2-6, 12-17

Thought for the Day

What good thing has God recently put in the midst of my daily challenges?

Prayer Focus

To find joy in facing trials


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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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