Saturday, February 20, 2016

Saturday, 02/20/16

READING

Old Testament: Genesis 41:1-13
Psalms: Psalms 55, 138, 139
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 4:1-7
Gospel: Mark 2:23-3:6
Evening Psalms: 138,139

DEVOTIONAL

“As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.  Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.  He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.” (Psalm 55: 16-18)

The Psalm readings of today spoke to me of God’s love and protection during tough times. When I am going through a difficult time, it is really tough to feel God’s love. So, I started looking hard for any sign of that love.

What I found were “love notes” from God.

I found them in my husband’s understanding and caring hugs when life gets demanding. I found them in my dog’s joyful greeting when I come home, tired after a long day at work. I found them in my Grandson’s sweet voice when he calls me “Mema.”

I found “love notes” from God the day a work friend called me and said, “I don’t know what is going on with you, but God told me to call you and pray for you,” and the day another work friend sent me her copy of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life: What are you here for? Then there was the “love note” from God through a friend who offered me a St. Matthew’s prayer shawl for a hurting relative.

Once I opened my eyes, it seemed that God’s “love notes” were everywhere. In 2013, I participated in a “Walk to Emmaus” spiritual renewal program (http://www.lvemmaus.org). That was a BIG love note from God!! Not only was I overwhelmed by God’s love during the program, but I have been blessed since by friendship, love, support, and reunions with the Emmaus family.

I also feel God’s love in the prayers and friendships in my St. Matthew’s small groups (Marriage, Sandwich Generation, and Run for God) and by knowing several amazing St. Matthew’s members. I feel very blessed to have discovered all these “love notes” from God, and I look forward to finding more of them in my spiritual journey! Look around you for your own “love notes” from God today!

SJ


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