Palms Up/Palms Down 4

I think I missed a day in there. I am sorry! But I hope you practiced anyway! May God bless our practices this week!

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Tomorrow I am doing a funeral for a woman that I don’t really know. I met A. M. twice in the past two weeks, but I didn’t really know her. But she always seemed at peace when I stopped by. She would smile for her daughters, squeeze my hand, and sweet-talk her nurses and doctors. And tomorrow I am honored to be the one to remind people of her life and to celebrate the hope she had in the Lord.

I have been blessed to be at the bedside of numerous people just before they passed, and to sit with families soon after. Each of those situations is unique. Sometimes they are full of pain and grief; sometimes they are filled with hope and rejoicing. There is always sadness… but each family handles this differently.

But each time it reminds me of the value of life. None of us is promised tomorrow; we might die, or Jesus might return… But we are to approach each day as if it is our last. We need to ask God for our daily bread; we ought to ask for forgiveness from the LORD, and ask that God will teach us to forgive; we need to make amends with those with whom we might have issues or who might have issues with us; we ought to share love and joy and peace with those around us; we should practice the “one anothers” of Scripture… Each day is an opportunity to grow closer to God and develop the attitude of Christ in our lives.

But that requires us to learn to let go. To trust that God is God and we are not. It requires us to learn and practice humility. It calls us to “empty” ourselves of pride, arrogance, selfishness, self-reliance, self-pity, and anything else that keeps us from the LORD.

So, what do you need to turn over to God today? What do you need to let go?

Palms Down: What came to mind as you read that devotional thought? Whatever it is, it might just be the thing God wants you to lay at his feet. When you are ready, if you are ready, open your hands and let it go.

Palms Up: Ask God to give you the humility that you desire to seek him each day. Trust that God has your best interests at heart, and thank him for all he has done (and is doing) for you.

 

May God bless you today!