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Ponderings: Another one of those “Daily Texts moments”

It may just be the time of year—the IBOC is busy working on the 2017 Moravian Daily Texts—but I recently had another one of those powerful “Daily Texts” moments that knocked me for a loop.

As I’ve written before, I see the Daily Texts every morning on my phone – it’s how I start my day. But on one special Saturday, I didn’t read it all the way through…and it made a surprise later that day all the more, well, “wow.”

ponderingsimagesYou see, that Saturday was the day that my wife and I attended the wedding of a friend’s daughter. The day was sunny and bright, the packed church service was lovely and heartfelt and the reception promised to be a fun time.

When the time came during the reception for the young woman’s father to make the toast, he pulled out the Daily Texts for Saturday, April 23. The New Testament verse? 1 Corinthians 13:4-6.

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth…”

The verse that so many couples make part of their marriage ceremonies (they had left it out of the church service) was the Daily Texts for her wedding day! Incredulous, I checked my Daily Texts e-mail from earlier that day and
enough, there it was! Whoa…

A coincidence? Maybe. Moravians around the world who married on that April 23 had the same experience. But from my seat in the reception hall, that verse on that day represented one more time that the Daily Texts proved perfect for the occasion….one more time the Daily Texts was the perfect message from God.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of the Moravian. In it, we highlight Moravian Camping Ministries, Common Ground, happenings in different parts of the Moravian world and more. Until next time,


Mike Riess



From the June 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, February 23 — Psalm 30:1–5
Exodus 1:1–2:10; Matthew 18:15–35

This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble. Psalm 34:6

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Lord, may we forgive those who wrong us just as you forgive us. Let your love break through our grief and sorrow to heal us, so that our hearts may not become cold. O God, to you we pray. Amen.

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