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Greet the Living Mystery, Christmas 5

Three large mushrooms growing under the shadow of a tree stump.

© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com

Prayer

Creating God, you created the birds, the mushrooms, the sea monsters of the deep — and you created me. Open my eyes, my ears, and my senses today that I may become one with your living mystery. Amen.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

I will greet the hidden, living mystery in today.

Today's Picture

I spotted these mushrooms at the beginning of a hike I took in Colorado. They are mysterious creations of God.

Question

Where have you seen "the living mystery"?

Book of the Day

Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds

Flora Slosson Wuellner

This is one of my favorite books by Flora Wuellner. She guides readers to a place where we can look at our wounds and begin to, little by little, offer them to God for healing. Wuellner says, "God does not send us pain. God is not a wounder or punisher. This is important to understand as our trust in God grows. But neither does God let our wounds be wasted. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, will not remove the lines of hard-won experience from our faces. A new power of light, the light of the divine passionate compassion, will shine through those lines on our faces.

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