StrengthNew Every Morning | October 8, 2020
These seemingly chaotic acts of nature are not intended to incite a fear-based worship of God but rather to
remind us of God’s ability. In our human experience, we ought to look to that which we can see: hurricanes, fires, wind, floods, in order to understand a fraction of the strength of that which we cannot see: God. The psalmist invites us to glorify God in order to remember that God’s strength is ours too.
—J. Dana Trent, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
—Psalm 29:9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.*
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His majesty over all types of storms helps me to trust in the restoration that will occur once the raging ceases. We hold on for dear life and others come together to put back the pieces of what is reparable. Faith is restored, in humanity and in God.
Today is dad’s birthday. Unfortunately I will not be able to see him or spend time with him as tonight is our first teacher conference session, after school for 4 hours. We will be together Saturday to golf, as the weather is supposed to be very pleasant. It got wonderfully warm yesterday afternoon and I was able to open all my windows. Roger loved it.
As powerful as the hurricanes, floods, storms, earthquakes or other natural disasters are, God is greater. God enables reconstruction, recovery. If that was not true, how could we survive? Happy birthday to Jill’s Dad. Hope he can celebrate with Becky. Warm here yesterday, but opened windows were closed this morning with chilly temps. Frost possible tonight.
Thank You, Lord for the blessings of the day.
The storms from God can devastate human life and nature and man made structures. But God provides for nature to be renewed and new growth to begin. Likewise, He provides the help, through compassionate people, and rexources for humans to rebuild their lives and structures. God can devastate our lives with unnerving and life changing circumstances, but He can send people and resources for us to rebuild our lives. Just as those who rebuild structures learn lessons from the devastation to build better engineered items, so we can learn lessons from hardships to build better lives based on stronger faith.
Prayers for Jill s she spends time in meetings learning and growing in her profession. Prayers for Larry and another birthday celebrated, may he celebrate many more.
Prayers for Robert and his quiet faith and acceptance of life as it is.
Prayers for Ally and David, for improved health and God’s strength to persevere.
There is an old spiritual, “Stand By Me” that goes: “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me”. I thought of this old song while reading today’s entry. Storms come in many forms. I feel that the world has been in a storm of uncertainty and crisis, but God is mighty and stronger than the storms. As we listen for the voice of God, I try to remember that when God called on Elijah to listen for God’s voices, that God’s voice was not in the wind or the earthquake or the fire. God’s voice was a still, small voice. Lord, give us ears to hear so that we can listen for Your voice.
David has an appointment with a wound care clinic first week in November. He has been complaining of a burning sensation all over his body. Not sure what is going on. He has an appointment with his primary care to check out this new symptom. We thank all of you for your prayers for us.
Jill, I pray Larry has a nice birthday. Praying teacher conferences go well. I hope your nice weather continues so Roger can enjoy the warm breezes. Kitties are so funny. Robert, thank you for your wisdom and insight into the stormy times. I would so love to experience New England in the fall, even if temps are chilly. Julie, you are so right, that God places others in our paths to help us navigate the storms. I hope Tazzie and the little kitties are doing well.
A song that has spoken to me through tough times over the years is “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns. Give it a listen everyone, if you haven’t before. It reminds me of who God is during the storms of life. Be blessed, everyone.