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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I wanted to include in today’s post the Collect for Thanksgiving Day that was in our church bulletin this past Sunday.
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Jeff Jenkins (North Carolina) wrote a story in The Upper Room titled “A GREAT DAY!” Jeff tells about Boyce, a single, teacher-friend, the spring after a spending a wonderful Thanksgiving with Jeff and his family, Boyce was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Here is part of Jeff’s story:
“Boyce’s last email to Jeff began: ‘I’m having a great day. I hope you are’ . . . He could barely raise one finger to slowly and meticulously type that email. Yet Boyce was having a great day.
“I’ve noticed that Boyce and other Christians who seem to be bubbling over with joy and contentment and have a passion for life all share an unwavering faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The joy we seek is available through faith.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Our joy is in the Lord.
Prayer: Almighty God, help us to understand that joy, contentment, and peace are available to us through faith in you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ALS
To read the entire story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
God pays attention to those who call on him. Whether God offers escape from trouble or help in times of trouble, we can be certain that he always hears and acts on behalf of those who love him.
God promises great blessings to his people, but many of these blessings require our active participation. He will set us free from our fears, guard and rescue us, show us goodness, supply our needs, listen when we call to him, and redeem us, but we must do our part. We can appropriate his blessings when we seek him; cry out to him; trust him; fear him; reverence him; refrain from lying; turn from evil, do good and seek peace; are brokenhearted; and serve him.
When we begin the Christian life, our knowledge of God is partial and incomplete. As we trust him daily, we experience how good he is.
You say you belong to the Lord, but do you show reverence to him? To revere the Lord means to show deep respect and honor to him. We demonstrate true reverence by our humble attitude and genuine worship.
We often wish we could escape troubles—the pain of grief, loss, sorrow, and failure, or even the small daily frustrations that constantly wear us down. God promises to be “close to the brokenhearted” and to be our source of power, courage, and wisdom, helping us through our problems. Sometimes he chooses to deliver us from those problems. When trouble strikes, don’t get frustrated with God. Instead, admit that you need God’s help and thank him for being by your side. (NLT)
Psalm 34:1-11, 17-20 – I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are discouraged take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and he heard me. He set me free from all my fears. For the angel of the Lord guards all who fear him, and he rescues them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him! Let the Lord’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.
Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous face many troubles, but the Lord rescues them from each and every one. For the Lord protects them from harm—not one of their bones will be broken!
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