Psalm 139:1-18 (NRSV)

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. 3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. 7 Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;  that I know very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you,  when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.  In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. 17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end  —I am still with you.

Job 12:10 (NRSV)

10 In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.

DEVOTION – Ellen Adams (Virginia)

My daughter Laura’s poor health was becoming a growing concern, and the medical community was unable to find a solution.  Someone suggested that moving to a more favorable climate might be beneficial.  Although I fully supported every hope for improvement, as a parent I mourned her leaving.  Giving up my active role as her medical advocate and giving her the freedom to put down roots 3,000  miles away were difficult lessons in how to trust and let go.

However, God is patient, kind, and attentive to the cries of my heart.  Reading the Bible and prayerful meditation assure me that we can never travel farther than God’s healing presence.  God’s abiding love will always be with us.  No matter where we call home, God will be there to hold us in the palm of his hand.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s abiding love helps us learn to trust.

LINK2LIFE: To see a picture of Ellen and Laura, go to devotional.upperroom.org/blog.

PRAYER:  Thank you, Lord, for hearing the cries of our hearts and favoring us with your healing grace and peace.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: SOMEONE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

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