Lenten Devotional for Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lectionary readings for today:

Morning Ps. 27; 147:12-20

Evening: Ps 126; 102

Jer. 10: 11-24

Rom. 5:12-21

John 8: 21-32

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.

Over this past year and half it seems like I have been on an emotional rollercoaster. I stood in the line of the most exciting ride we call
“Life”. I got in the front car with old friends and new friends. It seemed like I was moving along the track fine until the first hill came which
brought much pain and on the down slope there is happiness. I would make sure everyone in the car was fine and I made sure I kept my emotions in
check, but it seemed like with each hill to climb there was a multitude of emotions ranging from intense pain and anger to complete happiness and joy. I felt like I was losing focus and consumed with all the emotions. The last turn of this ride has brought me to understand that God is working in my life.

rollercoaster

No matter how lonely I have felt or even when I couldn’t figure out why I was crying, God has been there to comfort me.

In the ride of “Life”, I know that there will be trials and tribulations and following Jesus would not be easy. Jesus promised that it would be this way;
that in following Him the earthly result would not always seem all that rewarding; that the people we care about and serve will sometimes hurt us.

Psalm 27, reminds me that my relationship with God must be one of pure dependence. He is my rock and my shelter. My job is to seek him and do what He tells me to do and I know that He is there in all I do.

Thank You for your protection and comfort. Help us to turn to you not only in times of trouble but in times in times of peace. May our prayer echo David;

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.

Let us inquire in your temple. Amen.

——

Lynne Shockley

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