Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 3, 2015

by Cathy Alvarez

ScripturePsalm 146 (NIV)

Many of us have worked for a company that demanded our total allegiance.  They mandated the type of clothes we wore or a corporate uniform, we had to memorize the manual, and some even recommended the type of car we drove.  Because we needed the income, we tolerated the company as we continued to look for a more reasonable company.

One day, we reported to work, were called into a large staff meeting, and informed that our company was purchased by a larger company.  Also, because they had their own loyal staff, our services were no longer needed, and we were being kicked to the curb with barely a two week paycheck.

“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”  Psalm 146: 3-4.

Down for the count, you ask God for food, for justice, and to be lifted up.  With sadness, you realize that it is difficult to praise God during this painful journey.  Your uncontrolled sobs make it difficult for you to speak.  Yet, the psalmist writes that we should praise God even during the rough days.  Amazingly, when we praise God in the midst of our grief, our anxieties diminish as we recall all of our past blessings.  Because God showered us with past blessings, we become assured that He will continue to be with us.  God is worthy of all our praise.

Prayer: Dear God, may my heart, soul, and mind be filled with praise for your unfailing grace. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church


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