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I was driving to the church office today listening to NPR on the radio. It was one of those experiences when you go on autopilot. Ever feel this? Just total automation.

Then, I woke up as I drove into Youngstown. I looked at the snow on the ground, trees branches tinged with snow. I thought to myself, "this is great." Then, I drove in to the church parking lot and noticed the pine tree in front of the church sway in the wind. I just kind of looked at it as it gave me peace in my heart.

John 3:8 You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God (The MESSAGE).

Much of this Christian life is about making sure to notice and look at the gifts all around us. We drive by, walk by, sometimes without ever noticing God’s quiet still voice that whispers to us that we are his beloved.

Even when we are in dark valleys, God whispers, “I am your shepherd. Fear no evil, I am with you, my rod and my staff will comfort you.”

I pray and hope that we can all practice this work of presence everyday. Practice until it becomes muscle memory. To be a follower of Christ is to practice.

- Steve Hong, Associate Pastor.
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Before you head to bed, join me in the Prayer of Examen. This ancient Christian practice helps us reflect on our daily life to notice God's presence in it. This takes about 10-15 minutes.

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