God Kept MeNew Every Morning | June 16, 2022
As the only Black student in my high school graduating class, I was accustomed to occasional snubs. Thus, at a recent class reunion, some who shunned me in high school did the same. Was it because of race? Why were they still not bothering to say hello? I wasn’t sure. Yet I insisted on going. . . .
I reminisced and reconnected with many old friends. To my surprise, I also made new friends. One varsity football player came over to talk to me about race, of all things. We’d never exchanged two words in high school, but he asked my opinion on how racial healing happens.
Listening to him, I marveled at how social taboos and racial awkwardness had blocked our friendship as teens. Then I considered that, in the 60s, my classmates and I had struggled to integrate a society while watching friends go to Vietnam and come home in body bags, our world still torn. . . . On the drive home, I confessed to my husband an unexpected epiphany. “God kept me.” Despite the racism and more, “God sustained me.” Indeed, God sustains us all.
—Patricia Raybon, “Summer Epiphanies,” The Upper Room Disciplines 2022: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
—Psalm 54:4 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, inspire us to always seek you. Help us to fight racism and to demonstrate your love for all people. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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Facing possible combat in Vietnam. paying off debt, the loss of my wife, helping my son, and losing short time but very meaningful friends are some of my God sustained experiences.
Thankful that our July has worship leaders scheduled as we switch to lay led services.
Prayers for the regions of the country hard hit by hot weather, in some cases no power, and water supply concerns. The frying pan is hitting us on the head, we need to pay attention, and respond.
Prayers you are all safe. Thank You, Lord.
In my childhood which was poverty ridden, throughout college which I paid for completely on my own, during my blood clots my freshman year that almost killed me, during my first divorce and being a single mother, throughout my current marriage and the divorce proceedings, the health issues and hospitalizations earlier this year, the Crest possibility and h’s diagnosis, the list is infinite. Thanks be to God, for he is my strength.
I am trying to be more patient with h and trying to emulate Jesus’ love for all. I also try reminding myself that we are all God’s children. It is difficult when he lashes out and is recalcitrant regarding absolutely everything even things that are done for his benefit.
Prayers for Ally, may God direct her next steps in finding a new job and in her disabilty appeal. Prayers for April and her loved one, may God provide to April all she needs as a caregiver. Prayers for Jill as she continues to connect young people with God through tennis. Prayers for Lou and her family and Rick and Scott. Prayers for Robert and his church as each part of their body of Christ participates in maintaining the church as a vital contributor to their community.
Like many others- the list is endless – I thank God everyday. Most difficult for me and even after I just passed the 5 year mark on my divorce it continues to be very difficult for me. I just still can’t seem to move on from that devastating hurt despite the fact that seemingly on the surface I am doing ok. But God is always with me and that is my source of comfort. I am best when I am focused on that or involved in my work or children. Prayers for my children as all are traveling this weekend. Please pray for me as I am dealing with medical questions. I am usually fairly healthy and have neglected yearly physicals since the covid disruption – it’s a long wait to see a physician- it seems unbelievable that you have to wait months when you are having an issue- I’m working on it.
Prayers for peace and blessings for all who come here today. God sustains us all. Thanks be to God.
God has sustained me through many things, most notably the events of a 6 month period 5 years ago when I received my diagnosis, then both of my parents received their cancer diagnoses 3 weeks apart. And then His sustenance remained sure during mom’s subsequent 13 months. He now sustains me as I walk alongside dad.
Tennis camp finished up well today. The heat was tolerable due to a breeze and not a touch less humidity. I was home for the afternoon – taking care of setting appointments, getting tires arranged for my car and paying bills…all things that had been set aside this week. Tennis this evening and then 5 of us went out for ice cream following our match. Very enjoyable to sit outside on a pleasant evening and just hear what is happening in each others’ lives.
Dad and I are playing golf tomorrow and then I am doing a brief 24 hour dog sitting for my tennis friend. Her regular dog sitter is arriving back in town on Saturday afternoon – and will stay with her dog for a week.
Lou – hoping and will be praying you will be able to get into a physician and have your concerns addressed. Julie – you are honoring Christ well by assisting h. May you rely on Him to supply you with patience and strength each day.