2013-04-10 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Wherever We Are
From The Upper Room The World’s Most Widely Read Daily Devotional Guide

Read Luke 15:11-24

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?

- Psalm 139:7 (NRSV)

The stranger spoke three words. What he said reminded me of God’s presence, even to the depths of the seemingly bottomless pit I had hurled myself into. I tried to smile through my tears. I paid for my wine coolers and left the store, afraid the man would see the emotion his words had evoked. I couldn’t tell you what he looked like because I couldn’t face him without revealing my shame. But I do remember his words, “Jesus loves you.” At first, I wanted to snap back at him, “I am well aware.” After all, my father was a preacher. I hadn’t always been the sniveling wreck I had become, buying alcohol to drown my pain. Did he recognize the condition of my self-destructive soul? Did he understand the depth of his words? Through them, God was calling me back. Over the next three years I often thought of his words. All that time, God, ever patient, was waiting for me. I began to pray, read scripture, and worship with God’s people. The moment I turned toward home, God was there to pull me up, to dust me off, to love me through the mess I had made of my life, and to bring me back to the “road that leads to life” (Matt. 7:14).

Rachel Noles

(Florida, USA)

Thought for the Day: Each person we meet needs to be reassured of God’s love.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your presence and for your voice that calls to us wherever we are. Amen.

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