If it had not been the LORD who was on our side — let Israel now say —
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
Loving God, let me never consider any gesture or gift too small or simple but remember that each and every act of kindness can be used to further your kingdom. Amen.
Christians need companions on the faith journey . The fellowship of companions in Christ strengthens us to face the world faithfully, enabling us to do together what we cannot do alone. Spiritual companions make us more than we can ever be on our own because God’s love binds us together. The presence of friends makes God’s love more real to us.
SOMETIMES LIFE SEEMS UNBEARABLE. Our hearts and minds are weighed heavily upon, and we struggle to let go of all that burdens us for fear of losing the illusion of control we have over our lives. We call upon your name today, O God, that you may free us from worry and all that troubles our minds, bodies, and spirits. We put our trust in you, O God, this day and always. Amen.
He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
When God Stepped In
In with the “in crowd,”
I lived the high life.
People looked up to me.
I answered to no one.
I was popular.
I was above everybody.
I was too cool for God.
I was a fortress.
I didn’t need anyone.
I was wrong.
God stepped in,
showed me the way,
came into my life,
I was saved.
Now the glory is God’s.
And I am a servant.
If I thought life was good before,
now it’s even better.
– Stephen Kolibaba
IN THIS WORLD’S EYES, there is an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. But in the eyes of God, they are never separated. Our ministry is to help people gradually let go of their resentment and discover that right in the middle of suffering there is a blessing. Where there is pain, there is healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is poverty, there is the Kingdom of God.
Jesus says to us, “Cry over your pains, and you will discover that I’m right there in your tears, and you will be grateful for my presence in your weakness.”