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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
God’s constant help–from childhood to old age. Our lives are a testimony of what God has done for us.
A person is never too old to serve God, never too old to pray. Though age may stop us from certain physical activities, it need not end our desire to tell others (especially children) about all we have seen God do in our many years of life. (NLT)
Psalm 71:17-22 – O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I have constantly told others about the wonderful things you do. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God? You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.
Then I will praise you with music on the harp, because you are faithful to your promises, O God. I will sing for you with a lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
The Psalmist wrote, “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again.“ — Psalm 71:20 (NIV)
Veneal Williams’s (South Carolina) story is titled “GOD’S HEALING TOUCH;” here is Veneal’s story:
“Following my mother’s surgery, I returned to work. I thought her recover was assured. The next day I learned that she awoke asking for me. But before I could return to her, she unexpectedly slipped into a coma and never woke up. We didn’t get to share a last conversation or reminisce about the blessings of our life together and talk about our hopes for the future. I was crushed. I was shocked. I was angry.
“We are often told that time will heal grief, but how and with whom we spend our time makes a difference in that healing. Through prayer and reading God’s word, I was able to find direction, strength, and hope in dealing with the pain of my mother’s death. Talking with others who had experienced similar pain also brought comfort. I have also found that living in ways that honor my mother is helpful and meaningful. This practice has placed her in a healthy, wonderful place in my heart. Thanks to God and faithful friends, my wounds have healed.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Time with God can heal any pain.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for providing us with peace in our grief. We week to be filled with your Spirit always. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HEALING FROM GRIEF
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