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Ezekiel 34:16a – I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak. (ESV)

As much as I love God — and believe me, I really do love Him — it seems that there are times when I feel so far from Him. Now if I'm going to honest — and that I must be — the feelings of isolation usually start with a decline in my Bible reading. Then like a domino effect, my prayer, praise, and worship start to wane. Thankfully, it is not long before I begin to feel that I just can't go another day without the Lord. I find myself like the maiden asking desperately, "Have you seen the one my heart loves?" (Song of Solomon 3:3b NIV)

The good news is that although this may not be the first time this kind of thing has happened — and sadly, might not be the last — by God's grace, I am always rescued and restored, and I am able once again to have renewed zeal and vigour in our relationship.

How about you? Do you often find yourself feeling like this? Are you in that predicament right now? If so, my prayer for you, as well as for me, would be that we not rely so heavily on our feelings, but rely on the Word of God, for He has loved us with an everlasting love.

This poem was written during one of my dry spells. I pray that it will be an encouragement to you.

    His Poor Little Pitiful Lamb

    It's not the first time I've felt like this
    And I can't promise it will be the last
    But I'm sinking, Lord, please help me
    I'm going down for the third time fast

    I know just how it started
    With neglect for Your Word and prayer
    And now I feel so far from You
    I can't see or hear You anywhere

    My heart cries out, Lord, help me!
    Though I've wandered, He knows where I am
    And He reaches down to pick me up
    His poor little pitiful lamb

    Perhaps you are feeling so lonely
    You've strayed and can't find your way home
    And you think that God doesn't love you
    That He's left you to make it all alone

    But deep in your heart you are crying
    Lord, help me! is your silent prayer
    If you reach out your hand, believing in faith
    You'll find that He's right there

    Let your heart cry out, Lord, help me!
    Though I've wandered You know where I am
    And He'll reach right down to pick you up
    His poor little pitiful lamb

Prayer: We pray today, Lord, for those of us who are in a dry place, that our hunger for You would return, and that Bible reading, prayer, praise, and worship would follow suit. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Been there Cheremiah. Thanks for sharing.

    So appropriate in my life. Amen to your prayer.

    Thank you for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Thank you, Cheryl, for the comfort of these words. I, too, have felt like this.

    Thank you for your devotional. What a lovely poem that so aptly describes our dry times.

    Thank you Cheremiah, my mom is very sick and in hospital. Your post really touched me. God bless!

    Thank you, Cheryl.
    Your words are beautiful!

    Good morning,
    I read the Presbycan devotional every day and have been a Christian for many years.
    I would like to share your poem ” His poor little pitiful lamb “. May God Bless you.

    Dear Cheremiah,
    I hear the Holy Spirit’s sweet song throughout this devotion. Thank you for being the channel of blessing that our Father sent it through to call us to Him. I appreciate your writing.

    Dear Cheremiah,
    Thank you so much for another of your writings and a very meaningful poem. So, reassuring that the Lord will never desert us, and we must remember this through prayer and praise to Him.
    Blessings to you.

    Good Morning,
    I once again have so enjoyed your devotional and of course your poem.
    You are a true inspiration to me every time I read your devotionals.
    Thank you for your contributions to the Presbyterian daily readings.
    God Bless.

    Dear Cheremiah,
    You are brilliant! If I were the President of the United States, I would declare you America’s Spiritual Treasure.
    But what I like the most about you is that you love our Good Lord Jesus so much.
    God bless you!

    Beautiful my friend.
    Yes, this can happen so easily, one step at a time for sure.
    So thankful God does not take a leave of absence from us.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    God bless.

    Dear Cheryl. Thank you for sharing your feelings about a “dry place”, I think many of us reading this devotional have been there at one time or another in this journey called “life”. I know I have and at the moment find myself in a dry place. In my heart I know God is still with me, because I have had the blessings of hearing his whisper in my ear “Behold I will never leave you nor forsake you”, so no matter how dry things get, he will apply cleansing waters.
    God Bless You.
    (British Columbia)

    Good morning Cheryl: I too, had a problem a few years ago, and despite prayer time, felt that I was starting to drift. I got coaxed into attending “Freedom Sessions” and discovered that I had not been reading scripture daily as in the past. They got us to commit to reading, marking and writing a passage every day for a week, but I knew immediately that I would be committing for life, which I am. Bible reading is a commitment and prayer alone is not enough. I read first thing when I get up or I would not get it done. I make sure that I get enough time to get my Bible reading and writing done. It is hard at first, but it helps. Blessings on you, sister. Thank you for zeal and your contributions.

    Hi Cheremiah,
    I read your devotional yesterday morning, but as I had to go to the Nursing Home for the Inspirational talk, I did not have a chance to reply. Actually, I was not “ready”. I was not as prepared as I normally am.
    Your devotional spoke to my heart, all went well at the NH.
    Thanks for your good words.

    Such a lovely message Cheremiah! Thank you for your honesty, it helps to know that l am not alone!

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