Verse of the Day
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. — James 4:7-8 (NIV)

Inspiration & Prayer for 9/8/13: I have been thinking about the gift of speaking our word. What are we saying when we are in conversation with others? What energy are we fostering? What is our motive, and are we fostering love? From the movie “the Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” : “Scripture says the tongue is a fire full of deadly poison. One of the smallest parts of the body that can do the most harm.” “Be careful what you say, use your words to bless people not to criticize or gossip about them. It is easy to put people down anyone can do that, but you be different, stand up with your kindness. Show the love of Jesus in everything you say. In some cases what you don’t say.” Think about it. “Beloved Lord, give us the understanding of your compassion and love. Help us to keep our tongues in check using them only for good. Let us cease repeating negative thoughts and stories that only harm and muddy the atmospheres around people. Keep us mindful that labeling others and ourselves stay with us for a lifetime. Help us to be positive, loving and kind with the words we use adding to the peace of this world rather than the chaos. Thank you for the blessings of your teaching and love. Keep our hearts loving and free. AMEN.” Blessings to you, Rev. Judith M. Judith Vandergrift MDiv., BS, Spiritual Coach

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