Lenten Devotional for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Psalm 146:5

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,Whose hope is in the Lord his God.

The word “Happy” and the word “Hope” jumped out at me in my readings.  I had to pause and think about why these magnetic words pulled me to this reading. I think I know why.

I wake up each morning and say a thank you prayer for having gotten through the night safely and for not having received any emergency phone calls from family members or loved ones.  If you have ever lost a loved one, or had a loved one involved with a serious illness, you may understand this compulsion/fear.

Then I ask God for a few things to help me get through my day: courage, strength, and wisdom.

I am very hopeful that my prayers are heard.  I am also hopeful that I will continue to express gratitude for all God’s blessings, and have hope that he will continue to bless me and mine.

This may seem like a little thing to some, but to me, it is a huge thing. If I did not have hope in the routine matters of life, as well as the unexpected, major life issues, I would never be happy, I’d be lost. Very lost.

Thank you, God, for keeping me from being lost.  I may stray from your path sometimes, but I remain hopeful that you will gently pull me back and set me on the right path – the path to happiness and joy. Amen

Mary Robertson

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