These seemingly chaotic acts of nature are not intended to incite a fear-based worship of God but rather to
remind us of God’s ability. In our human experience, we ought to look to that which we can see: hurricanes, fires, wind, floods, in order to understand a fraction of the strength of that which we cannot see: God. The psalmist invites us to glorify God in order to remember that God’s strength is ours too.
—J. Dana Trent, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
—Psalm 29:9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.*
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*Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved.