The ExtraordinaryNew Every Morning | September 3, 2020
Another dimension of remembering our stories is the connecting of our stories with God’s story in scripture. Scripture records experiences of God’s presence. We must keep in mind that the stories of the biblical tradition and our personal stories are not all that different. The Bible is a collection of stories about ordinary people in ordinary places doing ordinary things, when the Extraordinary happens to them. When we take our stories seriously enough to explore and share them, they can become places of divine revelation. If spirituality means “living in the Spirit,” then remembering our stories leads to spiritual formation.
—Richard L. Morgan, Remembering Your Story: Creating Your Own Spiritual Autobiography (Upper Room Books, 2002)
Where have you noticed the Extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary? Join the conversation.
Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
—James 5:17 (NRSV)
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I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love;
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
it satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.
(Source: Hymn by Katherine Hankey, 1868)
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The Extraordinary to me is the “peace like a river” which is so constant inside of me. It is truly Extraordinary for me, as I now can see the impact of the absence of it, prior to just about three years ago. Yesterday I was over at my friends and we were going through a chapter of the book we are studying together. The chapter focused on “Who does God say that I am?” And there must have been at least 30 Scriptural passages. At the end of the chapter, one of the reflection questions was which 5 deeply resonated with you and which 5 seem most remote. The one I pegged as number 1 for me was “the peace of God guards my heart and mind” – from Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Yes and amen. Thank You, Father.
Very busy days – with virtual meetings and attempting to get everything organized for my virtual classroom. I get my stitches out today. My incision looks to be healing very well. Gets a little less tender each day.
Ally – sounds like a good decision with the new job…provides the versatility/flexibility for you as you continue to care for David. Continuing to pray for his recovery.
Julie – ah, the rambunctiousness of little kitties. Roger would not be a welcoming committee at all.
I thought of being stopped in my hurrying by the beauty of God’s creation. A beautiful sunrise or sumset, rolling waves, rambling brooks, or cascading waterfalls arrest my body and soul and remind me that I am ordinary and insignificant while God is extraordinary and powerful and omnipresent.
Prayers for Jill as she continues to learn to educate in the new cyberworld. May the stitches be removed with minimal pain and may the wound continue to heal.
Prayers for Ally and David, may David’s health improve and may Ally’s fledgling business soar. It sounds like an answer to prayers.
Prayers for April and her many flowers, may both continue to thrive and bring beauty to those around her.
Prayers for Robert and his continued sharing of memories of foreign lands and exotic foods. What a fascinating life you have lived!
The kittens are quite a handful and that is an understatement! Tazzie is getting used to them but like me, his patience runs thin. They are like Energizer bunnies and we are two sputtering, long used generic batteries. We both sigh…
Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR
I understand Jill’s sense of “peace like a river”. I think I have had that for some time. Yes, there are times when I worry needlessly, that’s the human side of me, but I have made it through what were difficult situations and continue to be amazed at the power of the Spirit.
A check up at the doctor’s, had my fly shot, will have blood work done. Lost 10 pounds, am doing fine.
Thank You, Lord.
Pearl would not be a happy camper with another cat in the house. Cats have a hierarchy when more than one of them lives in the same place. I hope all goes well.
There’s an old saying that says you take me out of ____________ but you can’t take the _______________out of me. There are quite a few words that fit in these blanks for me. New England , Vermont, Korea, Germany, Great Britain are some of them.
I’m grateful my connection to Korea came before I came to know Soo Ok. Of course there is Korean food I am not so fond of, or won’t eat, but there’s more I like than dislike. That’s true of food from all the places I haver been, visited, or lived. Soo Ok and the connection to Korean food were very close. I miss her cooking.
Great that Jill is doing well after her surgery, prayers for continued progress and the aways hectic beginning of school days made even more hectic by the pandemic.
May Julie and Megan with the help of their cats, yes they provide immeasurable support, endure successfully the proceedings at hand.
Good news from Ally, may her business blossom and David’s health improve.
A wonderful discovery this morning. I have caboose ends that are very prototypical saving me a lot of and effort.
Blessings to all, thank You, Lord.