Today’s scripture: Psalm 103:1-8 (NRSV) (The Message) (KJV) What might God be saying to me?

My thoughts (Lynette Pullen):

Thank You for my children;

it has given me a greater appreciation for the love You have for me.

Thank You for allowing me to feel hunger and the pains of poverty;

it rid me of my pride and helped me to appreciate the simple things in life.

Thank You for tears;

they allow me to express and release my grief, as well as my joy.

Thank You for allowing me to be a victim of racism and sexism;

from them I have learned to be an advocate of justice for all people.

Thank You for allowing others to hurt me beyond human repair;

it gave me the opportunity to discover the supernatural healing powers of forgiveness.

Thank You for allowing others to abandon me in my darkest times;

it was then that I first realized You were always with me.

Thank You for the ability to love someone of the same gender;

It is against our cultural norms and therefore teaches me how to be in the world, but not of it.

Thank You for helping me to forgive those who have abused me;

in those moments, I was a shining reflection of You.  What greater honor is there?

Thank You for allowing me to fall;

it was the only way for me to learn to pick myself up

Thank You for grace in times of failure;

It gives me the freedom to try again.

Thank You for allowing me to feel fear;

I know now that it is Satan’s tool to throw me off track, and I can use it as a sign that I am headed in the right direction.

Lord, Thank You for the many storms in my life;

I have learned to value peace and hold it close in times of trouble.

Thank You for your protection;

even though terrible things have happened to me, I know, in the deepest parts of my heart, that there are many things from which I have been spared.

Thank You for Your Love;

I wish I understood it more.  It is more beautiful than the love of a mother. It is more magnificent than the wonders of the universe.  It is more glorious than the morning sun.  It is deeper and wider than anything I could ever measure.  It is infinitely more powerful than darkest hate.  It is more comforting than any words or embrace could ever be.  It is all that I need.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the suggestions on the How to Pray page.

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