Psalm 139:1-12 (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.

Matthew 28:20 (NRSV)

20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”                         

DEVOTION – Thomas Bostrom (Gotland, Sweden)

It seemed as if everyone had siblings except me.  Behind every door in the apartment where I grew up were brothers and sisters.  But they were not mine.  Admittedly, I had a lot of friends.  But something was missing – having someone else, someone close to me.

When I was a child, I created my own imaginary friends.  He had no name, but he was always there and we were very close.  He slept under my bed.  We liked the same food and the same kind of music.  If the family made a trip, he sat beside me in the backseat.  When I started school, he was there.  We could talk about everything.  We laughed at the same things, and we cried together.

Eventually, I realized that my constant friend was not imaginary at all.  It was Jesus who had moved into my childhood and remained my faithful companion.  Now I’m an adult.  And Fortunately for me, I’m still just as close to my friend.

My path has not always been straightforward and simple.  But never, even for a moment, did I doubt his presence, his patience, his openness and love.  In and through Jesus I have many friends.  But above all, Jesus has opened doors to sisters and brothers I did not know existed.  Millions of them.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What a friend we have in Jesus!

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, we thank you for your life, your closeness, and your grace that lead us each day.  Amen.