Julie Conway Sword of Gainesville, FL, USA
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him[(David] in the midst of his brethren; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David…then David took a harp, and played with his hand; so Saul was refreshed, and was well . . .” -1 Samuel 16:13
It was a rinky-dink upright grand piano at the campgrounds. It had been in the lodge for years through all kinds of weather, temperatures, and camper pounding. Every year it was tuned, and, surprisingly, the tone was not too bad.
Prior to the sharing service I began playing a mixture of classical music and hymns. My thoughts and hands glided over the keys, not of my own power. There had been other times when I felt the Spirit playing through me: before the Graceland College student assembly; on the Temple organ for Prayer for Peace. The music flowed effortlessly; the assembly was stilled and singing, praying, and scripture reading ensued. With a grateful heart, I praised the Lord for blessing me.
It reminded me of the “rag-tag army” in The Way of the Wolf-the Lord picked them up, dusted them off and set them on their way again, empowered by the spirit of the Lord. “Is anything too hard for the Lord? No!”
In God we all belong.
Sustaining Our Connections
Many find themselves isolated around the world to protect each other and the most vulnerable during this global pandemic. Spend time prayerfully imagining those people that you might normally come into contact with on a regular basis, known and unknown. Remember all the connections that sustain our lives each day. Even in this time of intentional separation, how are you experiencing deep, intrinsic belonging in God?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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