Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Father Lead Me Day By Day"1 (Lyrics)
Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (NIV)
I have been writing for the PresbyCan Daily Devotional since January, 1999, when I first was led by the Spirit to put words onto paper (via the computer). I still have a copy of that first devotional and the four responses that I received in feedback, one from Pretoria in South Africa, another from India, and two others, one from the USA, and one from Canada. You can't imagine the excitement that I felt to know how far out this ministry was reaching.
As the years rolled by, I have seen many changes and met many of the contributors to the Daily, if not in person, then through the written words that we have shared.
As I reminisce, the important factor is not what I alone contributed, but how many readers have been touched by what this ministry has contributed to help them find freedom from sorrow, shame, and the everyday hurts that come into our lives.
How do we touch others?
In just the last little while, I have had two phone calls about books of my devotionals. A gentleman called wondering if I had any books left to sell. He went on to tell me that he had found my book, My Hiding Place, in the clubhouse library, and how it had touched him in the loss of his wife. Since the book was a sellout, I scrounged around and was able to find one that was not saleable because the cover had been put on upside down.
Then just a little while afterwards, I had another call from someone else looking for the same, having borrowed my book and found comfort in a horrific situation that she was in.
As I write, I am in awe of God and how He placed me in the Daily to draw out the things that He had put on my heart so that I could reach out to others.
I pray that those reading will be touched by God in such a way as to set their words on paper.
Hebrews 4:7b – Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. (NIV)
Prayer: Most gracious, loving Father, we pray for others to attempt to write the words that You are placing upon their hearts, so that together, we can reach out to others in need. We pray this in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.