What I Read Today;

1 Thessalonians 4; John 1; Isaiah 36; Psalm 69; Deuteronomy 1-2

My brother-in-law passed away earlier this week.  He was only sixty.

If you have ever lost someone you loved unexpectedly, you understand the pain that an event like this causes. Everyone struggles to for the right words to say to the grieving widow and his children.  You see the pain in the brothers and sisters.  The grief of his aging mother.  Sometimes the only thing you can say is how sorry you are.

In moments like this, I read the words of Psalm 69 vs. 29-33 and feel comforted in knowing that God does watch over and care for those who are his own.

Psalm 69:29-33:

But I am lowly and in pain;
let your salvation, O God, protect me.

I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

This will please the Lord more than an ox
or a bull with horns and hoofs.

Let the oppressed see it and be glad;
you who seek God, let your hearts revive.

For the Lord hears the needy,
and does not despise his own that are in bonds. NRSV

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