December 30, 2009

As the end of the decade approaches, explorefaith is looking back with thanksgiving on all the ways your support has helped our ministry prosper and grow for the past ten years. To celebrate, this week we're proud to offer you a glimpse of those spiritual resources that comprise our readers' favorites year after year—material you return to time and again to nurture your faith and feed your soul and spirit.

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Reflections for Your Journey

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How Can I See the Light when It's So Dark? by Linday Douty

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Prayers for Living

Gracious God,
In the busyness of my day, I sometimes forget to stop to thank You for all that is good in my life. My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation, for sleep and water, for a mind that thinks and a body that feels.

I thank you, too, for those things in my life that are less than I would hope them to be. Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult. I rejoice that you are as near to me as my next breath and that in the midst of turbulence, I am growing and learning.

In the silence of my soul, I thank you most of all for your unconditional and eternal love. Amen.

A Prayer for Expressing Gratitude
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Signpost Daily Devotions

"Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples."
-Luke 2:29-31

It's not always easy to have hope when our life is falling apart, when no one seems to care, when we've lost our job, when our child is sick, when the one we loved has gone. It's hard to keep faith that we will see God's salvation.

But, our faith is always rewarded. The time of waiting will pass. The salvation of God will be revealed and we will know we are ready to move on in peace.
Gracious God, let me trust in your promise no matter how long it takes for the promise to be fulfilled.

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