Morning Briefing

Posting this a bit late today. Too many phone calls, too early this morning. Did you hear that NPR story today, Enter The Quiet Zone: Where Cell Service, Wi-Fi Are Banned. I know it sounds like a retreat experience, a refreshing break, but I also know that I'd still be fiddling with my cursed device every 10 minutes, just on the off chance a stray telecom wave may have wafted through the valley and I could snag an email, text message or two. There is no rest of the wired.

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PP-header2.jpgLooking for an a little inspiration to begin your day?  NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:

Pencil Preaching is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.

Daily Bread is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.


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