Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

Today's Verse
The Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you.
~Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Thoughts on today's verse...
Today's verse is comforting, especially in today's transient society. Divorce is as common as marriage, just as many babies are born out of wedlock as are born to married couples. It used to be that someone worked at one job until retirement, but now diversity is key and having a number of jobs shows your versatility and being able to adapt to change. And then there is the final seperation - that of death.

Just yesterday I learned of a dear friend's plight. Her husband of 47 years walked out on her, apparantly for another woman. He was having an "affair". Affair, doesn't that sound... nice? Is it more acceptable as an "affair" rather than calling it adultery? But it is what it is.

In our own family we have two grandchildren from our son - Abby and Zachary. They are 13 months apart in age and they each have a different Momma. Our son has never been married. I feel fortunate if we get to see the children on the weekend. It tears my heart out, and yet I know that I am not the only grandparent who faces issues like this. I believe that children of divorce and those born out of wedlock are the new "orphans" of our society.

Our country's current economic situation is, well, dire at least for the common working class. You seem to have a stable job one day and the next you're being told to pack it up - you're laid off.

Then the final blow - you're given the news of a catastrophic illness or told your loved one has passed on... How do you go on? How do you cope?

Here is where we need to apply today's verse: "The Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you." Even though it may feel as if you are alone, even if it feels that He has forsaken you, He is with you. We cannot depend upon our feelings as they are subject to change.
My prayer...
Lord, My God - be with those of us who feel so alone, so forsaken. Comfort us in our time of need. Help us to comfort those around us who have been abandoned, forsaken and left alone. May we show Your love to the hurting. ~Amen
Special Note:
Happy Birthday, Abby! You are three years old today and Grandpa and Grandma love you!

Yours, because we're His,

Tamara