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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, October 14, 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] You shelter them in your presence . . . – Psalm 31:20 (NLT)
Psalm 31:19-22 – Your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honor you. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.
Praise the Lord, for he has shown me his unfailing love. He kept me safe when my city was under attack. In sudden fear I had cried out, “I have been cut off from the Lord!” But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help.
Quoted verse: You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. – Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)
“Story” – Roland Rink (Gauteng, South Africa) titled his story “SANCTUARY;” here is a portion of Roland’s story:
“A violent hailstorm ripped through many parts of my city. Our church windows were not spared when the golf-ball sized hailstones punched through them. On Sunday morning, as I sat in a quiet space in a hall with broken windows, I wondered what good could come from this damage.
“. . . The house of God is a sanctuary – a place of healing and recovery for those who hurt, for those in need, for those who seek shelter from the storm.
“Somehow out of the bad comes good. It depends on how we choose to view the storms of life. Yes, hail does bring damage, but it can also open new ways in which pigeons – and all of us – can find sanctuary in God’s house.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I help make my church a true sanctuary?
Prayer: Loving God, we pray for those who seek shelter from the storms of life. Amen.
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