Psalm 31:1-5 (NRSV)

1 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me. 3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, 4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.   

1 Corinthians 1:9 (NRSV)

9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

DEVOTION – Michelle Knight (Indiana)

Eleven years ago when my mother-in-law had breast-cancer surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, she declared after all the treatments were complete, “Now I know that God is able.”  She had turned each fear and worry over to God and discovered God’s strength to be sufficient for her.

When her cancer returned, she told us, “Yes, I know God is faithful.”  Our family  marveled at how God’s Spirit moved within her to bring her healing again.  She has lived a long life of faith, but her witness of God’s faithfulness intensified as she shared it with doctors, nurses, and families of other oncology patients.  Now my mother-in-law is undergoing treatments for her third round of breast cancer.  Her serious situation breaks my heart.

Yet, in spite of the suffering and pain – and all the emotions that go with these difficulties – our family has witnessed firsthand God’s power and faithfulness.  With renewed hope I find myself asking, “What will we discover about God this third time around?”  Simply asking that question brings comfort.  Indeed God is with us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is present in surprising ways.

PRAYER: We thank you, dear God, because you make yourself known to us in joy and sorrow.  Give us courage to trust in your presence with us during all circumstances.  Amen.