Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:9-15
Morning Psalms: Psalms 107:33-43, 108:1-6
New Testament: Romans 9:1-18
Gospel: John 6:60-71
Evening Psalms: Psalms 33

DEVOTIONAL


“The Sprit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.
The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
(John 6:63)

Last summer, a very well-liked and respected Physician’s Assistant at the hospital where I work was succumbing to an aggressive brain tumor. One Friday afternoon, knowing that his condition was worsening, he returned to the hospital to say a last goodbye to everyone. At 4PM I went to say my goodbye. While he was hugging me, Keith whispered in my ear, “God is in control”. Keith’s faith in God was strong. About one hour later, my mother called to tell me that my dad had passed away at 4PM. While driving home, it hit me -- Dad passed at the exact time Keith whispered, “God is in control”.

A few weeks later, Keith was a patient in the hospital, unable to speak. His time was drawing near. I truly wanted to pray for him, but I had never prayed for someone who was dying. So I prayed for God to give me strength. Finally, during my lunch break, I went to Keith’s room, and I prayed. Although he was unable to respond, I sensed that he could hear me.

When I returned to my duties, I found a patient waiting for me. His last name was Davis. My father’s name was Neil Davis. I knew, right then and there, that God was sending me a message, several messages, and I heard them all at once: I did the right thing; Dad was OK; God heard my prayers; Keith heard my prayers; and Keith and my Dad would be connected in Heaven-- but the biggest message of all was that God, indeed, is in control!

Thank you God for giving me strength and answering my prayers. I will continue to give of myself to You, in faith, knowing that You are in control.
SDF


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