Week 45   Day 7

 

 

Father God, I come to the end

of some days and honestly feel

there is little to be thankful for,

that all my joys and victories

are in the distant past.

 

There are times when all my efforts

seem to add up to zero, when

everything requires something more,

and the results are not fruits

but frustration.

 

It is no comfort to be told

that I am better off than someone else,

because meaning in life is not measured

by the degree that some are

more or less diseased than others.

 

It is not ingratitude nor

insensitivity that I feel. 

It is as though some great cloud

is blocking my vision

and refuses to go away.

 

And yet I know that You are here, 

in my darkness,

in my despairing, 

and that You encourage me

to trust you.  

 

                               ---rus

 

 

 

                         REVELATIONS AND FAREWELL

            The more I need God, the stronger I become!

                                  II Corinthians 12 & 13

 

    1 I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: 

2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago, was caught

up to the third heaven.  3Whether in the body or out of the

body I do not know, God knows--4he was caught up into

Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful

for a man to utter.  5 Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself

I will not boast, except in my infirmities.  6For though I might

desire to boast, I will not be a fool; I refrain, lest anyone think

of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.

    7Lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance

of revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger

of Satan to buffet me.  8 I pleaded with the Lord three times

that it might depart from me.  9And He said to me, "My grace

is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness."

Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that

the power of Christ may rest upon me.  10 I take pleasure in

infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses,

for Christ's sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    11 I have become a fool in boasting; you have compelled me. 

I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I

behind the most eminent apostles.  12Truly the signs of an

apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance,

in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.

    14For the third time I am ready to come to you.  I will not

be burdensome.  15 I will very gladly spend and be spent for

your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less

I am loved.  19But we do all things for your edification. 

    20Shall I find you such as I wish?   Shall I be found by you

such as you do not wish?   If there be contentions, jealousies,

wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits,

tumults; my God will humble me among you, and I shall

mourn for many who have sinned and have not repented.

    7Now I pray you do no evil and do what is honorable. 

For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

    11Finally, farewell.  Be of good comfort, be of one mind,

live in peace; the God of love and peace will be with you. 

    12Greet one another with a holy kiss.

    13All the saints greet you.  14The grace of the Lord Jesus

Christ and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy

Spirit be with you all.  Amen.
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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