June 19 Devotional

Opening Prayer:Thank you, O Lord, that your story brings us to life. When we remember who you are, and all that you have done in our lives, our mouths are filled with laughter and our hearts are filled with songs of joy. Thank you, O Lord, for all of the blessings you have so graciously poured out upon us. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 126:1-6

Journal: What has God done in the past that helps you to trust that he will indeed show up in the future? How does remembering the things God has done give you a current sense of joy? How does it help you dream? What do you dream of in your relationship with him? 

Reflection: When we submit our lives to what we read in Scripture, we find that we are not being led to see God in our stories but our stories in God’s. God is the larger context and plot in which our stories find themselves. - Eugene Peterson

Every Christian story needs sharing. We require a few other persons to whom we can tell our stories. Every story is different. Every story is the same. How are we to know that what we feel is legitimate and healthy? How are we to know that our story is not a fragment of abnormal psychology? Tell the story. In telling we recognize the common plot of God’s grace setting us apart, personally calling us and revealing his Son to us. We also recognize the great care with which he respects and uses every individual feature of our bodies and minds so that each story is totally fresh and original. - Eugene Peterson

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Ron and Amy Barber have been living near Auckland, New Zealand where Ron has been teaching church planting, cultural anthropology and global theology at Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies. Pray today for the students in the anthropology class that he is teaching as they share their experiences from all over the world.

The Garbage City Alliance is a ministry to the Garbage City in Cairo, Egypt. Rebecca Atollah, the wife of Ramez Atollah, the leader of the Bible Society of Egypt, is a key worker at the St. Simon Coptic Orthodox Church in the Mokattam garbage village. Over the last twenty-five years she has helped with church planting and providing Christian education among the lowest of the low, Egypt’s untouchables. Pray today for Rebecca and her work with the Garbage City Alliance.

Closing Prayer: It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations - God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. And now, God, do it again - bring rains to our drought-stricken lives so those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, so those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing. (Psalm 126, The Message)