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Reaching Out

May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

Today in History
On this day in 1961 – From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Today in the Word
Psalm 104:30 NIV
When you send your Spirit, they [all creatures] are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

Today’s Reflection
Psalm 104 praises God as creator and sustainer of the earth. One of the dimensions of his providential care has to do with the work of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that was hovering above the primordial formless creation (Genesis 1:1-2) waiting for the Father’s word to complete the work of creation is even now the Father’s partner in bringing blessing to our world. When we pray to God — the Creator and Sustainer of all we know, when we talk about Jesus holding the universe together, we need to remember that the Holy Spirit is also active in this work: “When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.”

Today’s Prayer
Father, thank you for your ongoing involvement in the universe that you created. I know that our world is broken as a result of the fall and our human rebellion to your will, but I take comfort in knowing that you hear our prayers and that your Holy Spirit still is at work in our world renewing your creation. Thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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