God, when I am alone with You, Your quiet stills my soul, sweeping
away all my blind wanderings and earth-born securities. No longer
needing to prove myself or to deserve Your grace, I rest in You.
I can see the world of struggling people and nations, but now they
are bathed in the light of Your love. I can see Your providence
and know that the whole world is in Your hands. God, thank You for
giving me the eyes of faith to see that all I need is You. In Jesus'
August 23, 2016
(Meditation: Psalm 145:17-20)
God, every war we have ever fought, we fought to win. But how can
a war on terrorism ever be won when we rarely know who the enemy
is? In America, we like to win. We like to fix things. We like for
things to come to an end, then move on. But we don't know if terrorism
will ever end. We don't know if it will spread and proliferate.
We don't know if every group in the world that feels victimized
will become terrorists. God, we just don't know, and it is uncomfortable.
During these times, help us to trust in Your providence and Your
love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
August 24, 2016
(Meditation: I John 5:11-12)
Dear God, some people call eternal life, "pie in the sky, by and
by." It IS, if faith makes no difference in daily living. But God,
if Christ is first in my life, eternal life is real TODAY. Your
blessings are unending! I will serve You and rest in Your eternal
life TODAY! Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
August 25, 2016
(Meditation: Proverbs 22:6)
Dear God, thank you for our baby. There's nothing sweeter than his
little head nestled on my neck, where I can hear and feel his breathing.
The rolls of fat on his little arms are so adorable I have to squeeze
them! His little feet, standing unsteadily on my lap, are precious!
Even the tiny half-moons on his fingernails are fully formed! I
love him so much, and I'm grateful that You love him even more.
May I use the short years he will be with us to help him grow deep
roots of life-giving faith. And God, as I hold him close, in his
complete dependence, help me to know that we will have him but a
few, short years. He will be a young man before we know it. May
I then have the wisdom and the love to let him go, in Your providence.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
August 26, 2016
(Meditation: John 14:1-4)
God, "earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling." He is calling me
home . . . home from weariness . . . home from fears . . . home
from sin . . . home from worldliness . . . home to forgiveness .
. . home to rest . . . home to the everlasting arms. God, "Just
as I am," I come. In Your Son's name. Amen.