Old Testament: Exodus 5:1-6:1
Morning Psalms: Psalms 121, 122, 123
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 14:20-40
Gospel: Mark 9:42-50
Evening Psalms: Psalms 124, 125, 126,
I am not particularly well versed in the Bible. I grew up learning all the basic bible stories, attending church every Sunday, singing in the choir, and even teaching Sunday School. I even attended a few Billy Graham conferences. Mostly, I relied on our minister to explain the bible readings in his weekly sermon. Life was simple and good, and I considered myself a pretty good person and Christian.
It was not until years later when a series of events and crises entered my life that I found myself talking to God, looking to the Bible for answers, and praying. I could have easily fallen into a black hole when my marriage broke up, or when I found myself alone to raise 3 small children (ages 3 months to 7 years) with no family nearby, or when my son passed away. I prayed for strength and patience to get me through each day. In Exodus 5:1 - 6:1 the people of Israel faced many hardships; their faith was challenged over and over again. Reading that passage helped me understand that God did not promise an easy life – not to the people of Israel, and certainly not to me. But what He does promise is that He will be with us through each and every crisis. Through His grace and mercy, the Israelites survived their journey out of Egypt, and through His grace and mercy, I am surviving my journey through Life. Many people wear crosses or crucifixes around their neck. I choose to wear a heart-shaped pendant with footprints on the sand. On the back are the words, “When you saw only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you.”
Dear Lord, I pray that You grant us Your grace and mercy when we face a crisis in life. I pray for the faith we need during such moments to realize that Our Lord and Savior is carrying us. Amen.