Thursday November 20 2014

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Scripture: Psalm 116
Key Verse: 1 “I love the LORD, because he hears my voice and my supplications.”

Reflection: There are times when it is natural to wonder if God hears our prayers – especially when life is interrupted by bad news like a devastating diagnosis or sudden loss. Stressful news throws us off balance. Often our first response is to wish it away. When this “wishing” doesn’t work, we turn to the resources of our faith. Hopefully, when we do this, we discover that the cultivation of faith in the good times has equipped us for faith in the bad times.

I received a letter this week from an old colleague of mine. He has struggled with cancer for 9 years.   It won’t ever go away, yet he is able to be thankful for God’s salvation. When I pray for him and his family, I am reminded of today’s words from the psalmist: “even though I was brought low, the LORD saved me.” My friend is thankful because God has never left his side through the challenges of his cancer.   God can do the same thing for us when we are brought low by suffering. God can save us from despair and doubt when we travel through situations that scare us.

There may be something that is creating distress in your life right now. You may feel God is very far away and you are alone. Remember how precious your life is to God and those who love you. Turn to God and remember God’s compassion for you.   God hears you. Knowing this will give you the ability to give thanks again.

Prayer: Gracious God, life surprises us with things we don’t want. There are times when we feel lost and afraid. Remind us you are near. Help us to pray for one another. And, if there is someone we need to reach out to today, remind us to make that phone call or send that text. May we strengthen each other on this journey that your love might be visible to all. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Author: Deborah Conner

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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