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Daily Encouragement - December 14

I want to share the following prayer found in Thomas Merton’s book Thoughts in Solitude. I found it to be encouraging. He prays: “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

Romans 8:24a; “For in hope we were saved.”

There is no question about the difficulties all of us have endured over the last months. Each of us has probably been affected differently, but we have all been affected. However, as Paul reminds the Romans, our hope has saved us.

I don’t understand how people without hope get through the really hard times. Maybe one of our best opportunities to be a help to our brothers and sisters during the troubling times is to share our hope in ways that will enable them to develop their own. God is always part of our experience. Let him be part of our witness as well.

“He Touched Me” v.2

Since I me this blessed Savior,

Since he cleansed and made me whole,

I will never cease to praise him,

I’ll shout it while eternity rolls.

He touched me, O he touched me,

And O the joy that floods my soul!

Something happened, and now I know,

He touched me and made me whole.

O God, help us find ways to touch others with the joy of knowing your presence. We are never alone, and our hope is founded in the fact of your love. Enable us to share that love in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pastor David Brosnan

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