Daily Devotion Wednesday, October 30

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – Psalm 92; Ezra 5:1-17 or Lamentations 1:1-5 (6-9) 10-12
Revelation 4:1-11 and Matthew 13:1-9

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – Psalm 92; Ezra 6:1-22 or Lamentations 2:8-15;
Revelation 5:1-10 and Matthew 13:10-17

Revelation 5:1-10 – 6Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. …

9They sing a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and people and nation;
10  you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God,
and they will reign on earth.”

I didn’t get off a daily devotion yesterday because Phyllis and I were finishing up our time away. Still on vacation but back at home, always a vacation spot for us. So, on the top of this email you’ll see the readings for yesterday and today.

I’m getting today’s devotion off late because of a pastoral emergency in the community. I’ll get back to that in a moment.

This morning I find myself giving thanks that our Lord Jesus Christ holds the keys to all the riddles of life. He is the one who can unlock the scrolls. It is he that all the saints gather to worship. I’ll never have all the answers, yet our Lord Jesus Christ does and it is to him that I turn when life gets really, really difficult.

I got the call from Nathan Bowers, our local fire chief, at around midnight. Emergency personnel had been called to a home in Forsyth, where a one month old child had died suddenly. When I arrived, the first words out of the mother’s mouth was; “why?” I can only imagine her pain and the father’s pain. It was the father who discovered that their son wasn’t breathing and was cold.

I don’t have the answer as to why. My prayer is that this family can be surrounded by the ones who serve the one who gives comfort and has received their child into his eternal home; much, much too early.

Today, I simply ask you to pray for Cassandra and Ricky and Anastastia (2 year old sister) and all the family of Jackson. Today, may they be surrounded by their family and the community. God be with their in their impossible journey with grief.

O God, I lift up this family unto you and ask that your comfort be given them through their family, through the church, through the community as they deal with the loss of the beloved son. Abide with them this day; a day with deep darkness. Amen.

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