EVERY MORNING, I give thanks for all God has given me — for my bed, my breakfast, my cup of tea from my leaf-shaped teapot. But as I pray, I know that beyond my home, beyond my country where freedom and peace are taken for granted, beyond all the blessings of my life lie poverty, slavery, and corruption.
So every day, I close my eyes and pray, not only out of gratitude but also from a burden that’s too big for me. I pray that God’s righteousness will come like a flood, that the hopeless will know hope. … I pray, knowing that I have not begun to touch the world’s need, that I am privileged and sheltered from suffering. I also know that Christ was neither privileged nor immune from suffering but died bearing the world’s burden.
When I finish my prayers and enter the business of the day, I do so trusting that his arms are spread wide over us, that he still carries the burden, and that he hears our prayers.
—Rachel Starr Thomson
– devozine (this excerpt is from July-August 2010 issue)
From page 36 of devozine, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens, July-August 2010. Copyright © 2010 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes forever. Selah
Psalm 48:8, NRSV
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This week we remember: Thomas (July 3).
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