Psalm 40:1-5 (NIV)

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 39:7 (NRSV)

O Lord, what do I wait for?  My hope is in you.

DEVOTION – Raul Rocha Gutierrez (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

One day at the close of my devotional time, I said a special prayer for my 12-year-old son, Esteban.  At the time, my wife was with our son at the hospital.  At midnight, the phone rang.  It was my wife, Doreen, with the news confirming that Esteban had meningitis.  This was especially alarming because in those days in 1993 many young children had died from meningitis.  I hung up the phone, fell to my knees, and prayed.  I placed Esteban in God’s hands, as my wife and I had done countless times since his birth.

The next day a medical treatment plan for my son was initiated.  Praying constantly, my wife and I placed our hope in the Great Healer to restore our son’s health.  God heard our prayers and the prayers of our brothers and sisters in the community of faith.  After several months, Esteban pulled through.

Today Esteban serves God.  He plays piano in our worship services and is an English professor deeply invested in his students and their achievements.  Doreen and I are grateful to God not only for restoring Esteban’s health but also for the ways God is bringing wholeness back to Esteban’s Christian life.  Our family has learned to wait on the Lord even in the midst of life’s most challenging moments.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: All that concerns me also matters to God.

PRAYER: Dear God of hope, may we always confide in you, especially in our darkest day.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Parents Of Children Facing Serious Illness

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