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Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. - Psalm 103:1-2 (KJV)

Today’s quoted verses were my childhood pastor’s favorite opening greeting to our small, rural congregation in eastern Virginia. He worked as a church planter and started many churches throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. I was one of the first people he baptized in that church. I was eight years...

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you for the many blessings you have sent throughout our lives and for all blessings yet to come. We pray as Jesus taught us, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.

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Today's Reading
Psalm 103:1-8

Thought for the Day

Remembering past blessings with gratitude strengthens me for today.

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