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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, April 12, 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:
[Often blessings cannot be received unless we wait for Him to help.]
Waiting for God to help us is not easy, but David received four benefits from waiting: God (1) lifted him out of his despair, (2) set his feet on solid ground, (3) steadied him as he walked, and (4) put a new song of praise in his mouth. Often blessings cannot be received unless we go through the trial of waiting. (NLT)
Psalm 40:1-5 – I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the Lord.
Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols. O Lord my God, you have done many miracles for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.
Quoted verse: Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. –Galatians 6:2 (NRSV)
“Story” – Mary Wisner (Michigan, USA) titled her story “BEARING BURDENS;” here is Mary’s story:
“Sometimes when people receive life-threatening news, they can become stuck on an endless cycle of paralyzing fear. But from the time I was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer, I have been surrounded by prayers and encouragement from multitudes of people. As a result, time and again as this journey continues, I marvel at how small a burden the weight of my circumstances seems.
“When the cancer moved into my brain and I was faced with brain surgery, I was reminded of a college backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains. I had fainted and needed to descend the mountain at a much slower pace than the rest of the group. When I reached base camp, I realized that I had been carrying only the frame of my pack. My fellow hikers had distributed the other 30 to 40 pounds among themselves.
“It is a mystery, but somehow the Holy Spirit lightens the weight of our burdens through others’ prayers, acts of kindness, and words of encouragement. When we know someone going through a difficult time, a simply text, card, or meal may be enough for us to relieve a portion of the burden.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Whose burden is God calling me to help relieve today?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for those who have helped to carry our burdens. Help us to share the burdens of others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CANCER PATIENTS
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