Lamentations 3:22-33 (NRSV)

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,  his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. 26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth, 28 to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it, 29 to put one’s mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope), 30 to give one’s cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults. 31 For the Lord will not reject forever. 32 Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33 for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.   

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,  his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.   

DEVOTION – Cindy Love (Texas)

Last year my husband and I sold or gave away half of our possessions and moved from the area where we had lived all our lives to a retirement center hundreds of miles away.  Even though we knew the Holy Spirit was present through the whole process, the move was still a traumatic and exhausting ordeal.  We had become strangers in a foreign land.

Last Sunday, however, God’s faithfulness envelopes me in joy – I realized we were no longer displaced!  Through the year our apprehension of new surroundings has been eclipsed by a sense of belonging among loving neighbors and a vibrant church eager to have new hands and feet to help serve in the name of Jesus Christ.  The endless sea of unfamiliar faces is now generously dotted with identifiable smiles of recognition.  Concerns about old age and diminished health are met with encouragement and new coping skills.

Today, filled with thanksgiving and courage and God’s help,  we are considering passing on what we have been given.  We intend to answer yes to the call to invite two college-aged foreign exchange students into our lives to help them make the journey from being strangers to belonging.  Each day we anticipate a new sign of God’s faithfulness.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Each day brings new signs of God’s faithfulness.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for your mercies, blessings, and faithfulness.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: NEW RETIREES

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