June 20 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! (Psalm 107:1-3, 8)

Scripture: Psalm 107

Journal: Which of the stories contained in Psalm 107 seems most like your current story? How? Write a Psalm to God this morning giving thanks for your current story.

Reflection:  

Some set out on a journey to who knows where,

   they set sail on the winds of God’s breath.

They weren’t sure where they were going or when they would get there, 

   but they knew it would be good when they arrived. 

They saw things along the way that they never thought possible 

   and discovered truths of the heart 

   that had been buried within them for a long, long time.

What they saw and discovered changed them into something that more 

   closely resembled who they really were.

And they realized that this journey was not about arriving, but becoming

   indeed a journey that would last a lifetime.

And in the end would bring them to the discovery of the truth

   that was whispered into them from before the foundations of the world.    

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love 

   and his wonderful deeds for men, for he knows us intimately

   and longs to reveal to us that which is most true about who we really are.

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

R. and G. are serving at a sanitorium for chest diseases and a children’s home, focusing on bringing holistic healthcare to the semi-nomadic people of an area in the Middle East. R. is a dentist and G. is a teacher and artist. Pray today for God’s movement through them to their patients and also for nurses who speak Arabic to join them in their work.

The focus of Global Golf (formerly WPGF) is to serve women at all levels of competitive golf - professional tour players, college athletes, coaches and club pros - and introduce them to Jesus Christ through long-term relationships built around golf. Evangelism, discipleship and pastoral care are Global Golf’s primary purposes. Pray for director Cris Stevens and the women that she will have opportunities to connect with on the pro tour. Also, please pray for a Muslim college golfer who encountered Christ last year through living with a Christian teammate that the seeds planted there will grow.

Closing Prayer: Let us give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. For, in his great passion for us, he will not allow us to settle for less than the beauty and delight he had in mind for us when he dreamt us into being. Amen.