The funeral service I attended was a very uplifting time of worship. Shared was how God’s plan was lived out in Mrs. Patterson. Her grandchildren led the entire service in song, scripture and reflection. It was a joy to worship this morning.
Prayer: LORD of the healing soul, You answer our prayers when we are ready to hear Your answers. When we focus our thoughts on You then You are all around us and we are constantly aware of Your Presence. Thank You for hearing all of our thoughts and prayers. Today, Lord, You answered such a special prayer and I am so grateful. I was not prepared for the difficulty I have been going through, but You have never left me and You are working on the problem with power I cannot imagine. You have taken me from a place of brokenness and giving me hope of healing. Thank You, most loving and merciful LORD. In Your mercy, hear this prayer. Amen.
“Many are the ways of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.”
Psalm 32: 10
God is with us, always watching over us with perfect love. God’s unfailing love surrounds those who trust Him. It is our job to be aware of the presence of God even when so many things demand our attention. It seems that each summer God sets me on a new path of learning more about His character and presence in my life. This summer I am learning about God’s unfailing love and the Presence of God in all things and times.
You may have guessed that I have experienced a very recent hurt in my life that has consumed my thoughts, disrupted my sleep and caused deep emotional distress. My study has been focused on staying fixed on God.
Tonight my devotional reading says, “I (God) want to be the constant in your life that provides stability and direction in an unpredictable environment.” I have been presented with a situation for which I was not prepared. Through the psalms and other sacred scripture, through daily and sometimes constant prayer, pouring my heart out to God and Bruce, and private journaling each day, I am beginning to heal. You can pray for me, too. The situation has not yet been reconciled, but I have hope that God is working to bring this healing and forgiveness. When I stop and say, “Jesus, I seek Your face”, then the peace that passes all understanding, the peace that can come only from the power of the Holy Spirit eases the hurt because I am not focusing on the hurt but on God and His unfailing, perfect love.
Take joy in the journey remembering that hope does not disappoint. Wear comfortable shoes, pray with a heart filled with gratitude, let us cast our cares upon the Lord and get some sleep. God is up all night anyway so there is no reason for all of us to be awake. Love you all, Bruce and Gaylene.
I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am only moved by what I believe and I believe God.