Gary E. Crum (Virginia, USA)
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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...
Remembering past blessings with gratitude strengthens me for today.
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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.”