But as for me, my prayer is to thee, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of ty steadfast love answer me. With thy faithful help rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters. Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, O Lord, for thy steadfast love is good; according to thy abundant mercy, turn to me. Hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in distress, make haste to answer me. Draw near to me, redeem me, set me free because of my enemies!
Thought for the Day: God is there, reach for Him.
Although I am not excited when I wake up in the early morning hours and realize that I cannot go back to sleep, I do recognize that is the perfect time to spend time with my sweet pets. They seem to want to come around me as I sit on the couch hoping for a little more dozing time. As I watched my fourteen year old tabby this morning, I saw him immediately stand up from his rest on the ottoman to jump over to his place beside me on the couch. His purr was very loud and I found him nuzzling my hand where I would pet him under his chin. I petted him for a few minutes then pulled my hand away only to feel him nuzzling my hand again. He yearned for the comfort in knowing I was there. I loved putting my arms around him feeling the softness of his fur and the warmth of his body. We both felt the love from the other.
As I began writing, not knowing what words would come, I looked at my cat who had found his way back to the ottoman. He looked content and at peace as he rested once again in the wee morning hours. My relationship with God is similar in a way to that relationship my cat has with me. When I need to feel God’s presence, I try to move to a place where He feels close. I try to communicate with Him that I need the warmth and love that only He can give. I wonder if God recognizes and gets excited when I begin coming closer to Him. As I see my cat standing up from his resting place, I tend to get excited when I see him jumping over to sit beside me. Does God get excited when we come to Him? Does God rejoice when we come to Him for comfort? I believe He does.
Prayer: God, you are present and you are Almighty! Thank you for being present for us when we reach out for you, and even when we don’t. Your ever present in our lives and we know you rejoice when we acknowledge you. Be with us today! Amen.
Prayer Focus: God is with us