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Daily Devotional by Rev. Dr. Kandace Brooks
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Morning by Morning Daily Devotional Monday, January 28, 2019

Psalm 18

Watchword for the week:  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  Psalm 19:14
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
    so I shall be saved from my enemies.
The cords of death encompassed me;
    the torrents of perdition assailed me;
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
    the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord;
    to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
    and my cry to him reached his ears.
Psalm 18:1-6
 
Have you ever cried out to the Lord in distress?  Been brought to that place where only God’s intervention can right a situation?  Often this happens when we come to the end of ourselves, to the end of the striving and trying to make things right on our own.  The psalmist goes on to describe the saving power of God and to offer thanks for God’s powerful presence.
Must we wait until the last minute to cry out to God?  Perhaps a routine of handing over to God our anxieties and fears; our struggles and our failures would allow us an even greater depth of freedom and insight.
What is the cry of your heart today?

Can you do calligraphy?  If you are willing to lend your gifts, please contact Linda Fletcher.  Disciples Path, a six week course in discipleship from a Wesleyan perspective - begins Wednesday, February 13.  Call the church office to sign up!  We will offer the class in the evenings at 6:15 p.m. and on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

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