Read Ephesians 6: 10-18
O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for
you. Be our arm every morning, our
salvation in the time of trouble.
Two years ago, after two days of almost cyclone-force
winds, I traveled to an activity at one of our churches. While
going through a pine forest, I came upon a section where
many of the trees were bent over at forty-five-degree angles
or had completely fallen. Only a few remained upright. I
assumed that given the quality of the land and the weakness
of the roots, the trees could not withstand the strong winds.
My explanation, although logical, was wrong. I later found
out that the wind had not been blowing from its usual direction, and the trees could not resist the force.
Then I thought of my Christian life. I have found myself
in a similar situation several times, surprised by the wind’s
direction and unprepared
to face the storm. Growing
in faith and in our relationship with God means
becoming aware of our
frailty and our need for
Jesus Christ’s saving grace. Christ helps us remain standing
even in unexpected situations.
Prayer: Gracious God, give us awareness of our frailty and
certainty of your providence through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Eduardo Conde (Aveiro, Portugal)
Prayer Focus: VICTIMS OF A NATURAL DISASTER
Thought for the Day
In my weakness, Christ is