July 1, 2012
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When is the last time you took the time…
to sit…
and watch…
the sunrise…?
Completely…
from first light…
to full rays…?

Great is God’s faithfulness;
God’s mercies begin afresh each morning. -Lamentations 3:23

This is your invitation to sit and watch.

Clear any other papers or distractions away from your computer.
Close other screens on your computer if you need to.
Turn off the sound.
Set your phone aside.
Spend two minutes with each image.
Notice the color, the shading, the shadows, the tone, the feel of the sunrise.
Imagine yourself outside. (Go out side if you feel so led.)
Sit and be open to God renewing God’s love for you.

Repeat several times:

Great is God’s faithfulness;
God’s mercies begin afresh each morning.

Great is God’s faithfulness;
God’s mercies begin afresh each morning.

Great is God’s faithfulness;
God’s mercies begin afresh each morning.

– Lamentations 3:23

As you repeat these words, allow them to open your heart. Breathe deeply, and feel these words open your chest. Seek freedom within you as these words shower you with possibility.
Give thanks to God for renewing God’s love with you and with the world.
Give thanks to God the God’s mercies which are promised each day in as the promise in the rising of the sun.
Live the day holding the promise of God’s love and God’s grace and God’s mercy.
Thanks be to God!
May you see glimpses of God as you go about your day.
Lil

The Rev. Lil Smith

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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