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Friday, June 6, 2014

Daily Grace: June 6



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June 6: D-Day

On this day in 1944, during World War II, allied forces landed on Normandy, France and liberated Western Europe from Nazi control.  18,000 parachutes landed and began fighting around 6:30am.  By the end of the day 155,000 allied troops would storm the beach.

Can you imagine 155,000 soldiers descending upon one shore?

Some think the battle was lost because Hilter was convinced the attack was a trick to get him to lose focus on another front.  Hitler’s delay in responding to the troops at Normandy enabled the allied forces to take over a number of key bridges.

Have you ever been convinced that someone is trying to trick you or make a fool out of you?

Sometimes we spend so much time trying to look out for ways that people might attack us, that we miss out on what is in front of us.  If you are someone who is constantly protecting yourself or assuming others are out to get you, I encourage you to use the mantra: “today, God(dess)* will win this battle.” 

The point of the mantra is to help you stop fighting or protecting yourself from future harm.  Trust, that just for today, God(dess) will be the one to protect you.

Please remember to take care of yourself and to keep yourself safe.  I’m not asking you to give up common sense.  Instead I’m offering you a break from standing guard.

Prayer of the Day:  Loving God(dess), be a mighty fortress protecting us from those who may be plotting against us.  Help us to stand down and expect the best from our neighbors, friends and loved ones.  Amen.

Biblical Text of the Day:  Psalm 5:11-12
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. 12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover them with favour as with a shield.

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* In the Bible, there are times when God(dess) is plural, male, female or switches back and forth.  In order to appeal to the widest audience, I will use the term God(dess) to refer to the sacred.  If you’re offended by the term Goddess, feel free to read it as God.  If you are offended by the term God, feel free to read it as Goddess.