The scripture for today is Psalm 19:1-6.
1 The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is silent in the skies;
4 yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world.
The sun lives in the heavens where God placed it.
5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great
athlete eager to run the race.
6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
Words, words, words... as I write this, negative words have bombarded us for months. What a joy it is to read the verses of this psalm and contemplate how God reveals Himself to the world through nature! As I bring to mind beautiful scenes etched into my memory over many years, God brings peace to my soul.
However, though nature proclaims the existence of God and His power, it is His Word that gives us His message of salvation. People need to know about God's love, mercy, and grace, so that they will come to know Him and how to develop a personal relationship with Him. The alternative Scriptures for today all deal with following Jesus, accountability, and carrying His positive Word to the world. Words, the right kind of words, are imperative.
What are we doing to carry God's positive, uplifting message to the persons with whom we have contact every day? The first step to being God's person is admitting that we need His help. Pray about it. Even if you are confined to a single room, God will bring someone to mind whose life may be touched with His love, if only by prayer.
Prayer: Our heavenly Father, thank You for the beautiful world which You have given us. We confess that we do not always share Your loving grace with others, using the excuse that we don't know how. Bring to our minds this day, at least one person who needs to know You in a more personal way and give us the wisdom to know how to make You more real to them. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen
Sarah (Sally) Starr Messmer firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those without hope.