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10-11-2021 Daily Devotional

10-11-2021 Daily Devotional

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, October 11, 2021 comes to us from Doug Hagler of Tennessee 

1 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?  5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of     your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea,      all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1-9 NIV

“The Night Sky”

It was too hot to seep in my bedroom.  After trying to find a comfortable position and sweating all the while, I went outside and laid a blanket on the small deck.  I made myself comfortable and watched the stars.  Before I moved myself to this rural area in Tennessee, where there is little light pollution and dark means dark, I went for weeks – even months – without looking up.  I seldom saw the magnificence of the night sky.  Where was my attention if not turned to the natural glory around me?

Looking at the stars, I find that it doesn’t take long for me to turn inward.  As I look, I have two thoughts at once:  Given the vastness of all that is, how is it that I exist?  And, given that I am in the midst of this great vastness, how can my response be anything other than gratitude?  I pray that I can remain in the middle of those two thoughts, humble and grateful at the same time.

Prayer Focus:  Rural Communities

Thought for the Day:  I am wonderfully made in the image of God.

Prayer:  Lord of the universe, keep my attention turned upward so that I may find my place in this wondrous world you have created.  Amen.

— Doug Hagler

Friends –

The infinite, wondrous beauty of God’s holy creation inspires me to give thanks for the world in which I have been blessed to live.  I am reminded that each of us is also part of God’s miraculous creation, and we have been given opportunities to reflect about all of the gifts we have received through God’s always-present grace and love.  I invite you to reflect about the special places in God’s creation that help you feel calm and reflect about God’s presence in your life.  I often find those moments on walks around my neighborhood, in breathtaking moments of sunrise or sunset, or on long drives upon seemingly infinite highways.

–Pastor bea