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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, March 8, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[God’s] His protection of His people is limitless and can take many forms. David characterized God’s care with five military symbols. God is like (1) a rock that can’t be moved by any who would harm us, (2) a fortress or place of safety where the enemy can’t follow, (3) a shield that comes between us and harm, (4) strength of salvation, a symbol of might and power, (5) a stronghold high above our enemies. If you need protection, look to God. (NLT)
Psalm 18:1-6 – I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for he saves me from my enemies.
The ropes of death surrounded me; the floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death itself stared me in the face. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears.
Quoted verse: In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice. –Psalm 18:6 (NIV)
“Story” – Lucinda J. Rollings (Indiana, USA) titled her story “COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS;” here is a portion of Lucinda’s story:
“My friend Virginia was overwhelmed and exhausted, having to go to work each day and also care for her husband, who was confined at home with terminal cancer. Tearfully, she would leave him each morning with his lunch and water within his reach and walk out the door with an agonizing prayer, ‘Lord, how am I going to do this?’
“. . . A bit of compassion goes a long way. God had heard Virginia’s distress call and prompted her community to come to her aid. It was an opportunity for us to show God’s love as we followed the call of Christ, lightening her load. God was with Virginia and her husband during that time – perhaps most powerfully through compassionate friends and family.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God walks with me through the company of compassionate friends.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for your care, and for the hands of those who share it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CAREGIVERS
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