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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, February 27, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
When people complain to one another, nothing will be accomplished. Moses took his complaint to God, who could solve any problem. Many of us are good at complaining to each other. We need to learn to take our problems to the One who can do something about them.
David must have been far from home when he wrote this psalm. Fortunately, God is not limited to any geographic location. Even when we are among strange people and surroundings, God never abandons us. His all-surpassing strength is always with us. (NLT)
Psalm 61:1-4 – O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help, for my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!
The psalmist wrote, “Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from the dread enemy.” –Psalm 64:1 (NRSV)
Claire K. McKeever-Burgett (Tennessee) titled her story “DANCING LAMENT;” here is a portion of Claire’s story:
“I teach a dance class each week in which we move our bodies in different ways to express emotions, including negative ones. . . .
“Teaching this form of dance has taught me how important it is for us to have a way to release our negative thoughts and feelings without guilt, shame, or remorse. . . .
“Practices such as this allow us to connect with our feelings, whether we need to cry out and complain to God or to give God our thanks and praise.
“The authors of lamentation psalms like today’s reading are crying, pleading, and complaining. The psalmists are unafraid to complain because they know God understands the need to release painful feelings. Their honest praying, like our honest dancing, is an authentic expression of our feelings and heart-felt prayers for what we need. We can trust that God receives our complaints so that we may release them and be free.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God listens to both my complaints and my praise.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the many ways we can express our thoughts and needs. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO PRAY HONESTLY
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