Daily Devotion Saturday, August 24

Saturday, August 24, 2013 – Psalm 38; 2 Samuel 23:1-7, 13-17 ; Acts 25:13-27 and Mark 13:1-13

2 Samuel 23:1-7, 13-17 – 1 Now these are the last words of David: ….

This morning I’m wondering; what will be my last words that I speak; in a sermon, to Phyllis, to my family, to friends, to God? What will be my last words? I believe this is a ways off, but one never knows. With that thought comes the fact that every word between now and then becomes very, very important. I wouldn’t want my last words to Phyllis to be from an argument we had. I would want my words to my sons to be words of comfort and guidance for their lives. My last words to God I hope will be words of confession and affirmation; confession of my sins and affirmation of my love of God and God’s love for me.

What’s important though is not thinking about those last words but making the most of every moment God blesses us with. Making the most of every word we speak to others and to God.

In today’s Gospel reading we hear our Lord sharing with his disciples the fact that they will find themselves tried for what they believe. In this passage we hear how the Spirit will guide us when we need to speak of our faith.

Mark 13:1-13 –  9“As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them. 10And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

So, from this I hear; “do not worry what you are to say, but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.” As that was true for the disciples, so it can be so for us in our living and our dying.

O Lord this day may it be you who guide me in my living; may you give me opportunity to share my faith with others and may it be you who gives me the words to speak. May I let those around me know how much I love them and that you love them and always will be with them.  Amen.

Psalm 38 – O Lord, all my longing is known to you;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.

21 Do not forsake me, O Lord;
    O my God, do not be far from me;
22 make haste to help me,
    O Lord, my salvation.

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