Romans 8:26-32 (NIV)

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit1 himself intercedes for us2 with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts3 knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes4 for the saints in accordance with God’s will. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good5 of those who love him,a whob have been called6 according to his purpose.7 29 For those God foreknew8 he also predestined9 to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,10 that he might be the firstborn11 among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined,12 he also called;13 those he called, he also justified;14 those he justified, he also glorified.15 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this?16 If God is for us,17 who can be against us?18 32 He who did not spare his own Son,19 but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation,

4 who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.

DEVOTION – Jean Glick (Florida)

When I was diagnosed with cancer, people started to pray for me – missionaries, church friends, and relatives.  That was two years ago last month.  As time went by, I wondered why God had sustained my life.  Surely God must have a job that I should be doing?  My previous service was in places like Kenya, Uganda, Ecuador, and Poland, but I reasoned, I can’t do anything like that now that I have cancer.

Last month I had the privilege to go back to my home-town, and I think I have discovered my job.  I found so many of my friends to be disabled, in pain, hospitalized, in nursing homes, or suffering from just growing old.  I stayed four weeks and was blessed to be able to visit these friends, help them in and out of cars, go to lunch, or just enjoy a telephone call.  I may have cancer, but I do not have any pain or disability – either physical or mental.  What a blessing I received from my friends!  Now that I am back home, I will continue my volunteer job of driving cancer patients to their appointments.  I feel truly blessed that God has directed me to a new area of service.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: On any day, if I look around, I will find someone to help.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to remember that all things work together for good to those who love you and who are called for your purpose.  Amen.