Holy One,

You got my attention
At lunchtime today when I watched the kids
Romping in the fountain…
I realized…

I forget the simple things
That you put in front of me every day
To declare your boundless love…
The sunlight through the leaves,
The wren’s song on her nest,
The crisp pages of a new book in my hands,
The smiles I trade with my beloved,
A phrase from a hymn that lifts my heart…

Every time I feel the darkness tug at me,
Or my mistakes or failures pile on,
You use simple things to remind me
You are there
You are listening
Your very Presence is beside me
Within me
All around me,
As you invite me to laugh
(And maybe even get my feet wet!)

Simple things
To praise you, love you, serve you
Another day.
I am blessed beyond words…


Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!

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