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 Daily Devotions for

July 2024

Monday, July 1, 2024. Prayer 1858. With A Green Flourish

In the news we see that evil acts sprout like grass.  Do we fear destruction?  In the Psalms we are consoled to know that evil will be scattered by the Lord and that righteousness will flourish.  Psalm 92:14 sings of God’s praise, “The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar in Lebanon.  They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.  They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright, there is no unrighteousness in our God!”  God provides our growth.  With a green flourish we stand strong!

Dear God, thanks for bringing us into the season of summer green. Make our spirits to flourish under your care! Amen.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2024. Prayer 1859. Like A Green Leaf

Faith convinces us that the more blessings we give, the more blessings are returned to us.  In Proverbs 11:24 we hear, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what should be given and only suffers want.  Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will be watered.  The righteous will flourish like the green leaf.  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, whoever captures souls is wise.”  Our souls flourish by faith as surely as an oak tree in deep summer.  We do well to remember “The Giving Tree.”  Life is giving others shade, shelter, and a place to be.

Dear God, energize me that I may give without hesitation. Renew my strength that I may provide for others. Amen.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Prayer 1860. We Remain Green

Faith compels us to know that when we stray from God we wither.  When we remain connected to God we thrive.  We can overcome hard times relying on God’s strength.  In Jeremiah 17:8 we hear, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.  They are like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”  When we lean on human wisdom, we grow parched and filled with worry.  When we seek the gifts of the Spirit, we survive dry times.

Dear God, grant me the faith to find your fountain of living water even in thin times of drought and despair.  Amen.

Thursday, July 4, 2024. Prayer 1861. Green Pastures Return

The prophets spoke truth to power and consolation to the oppressed.  The prophets keep us on our toes.  At times of wealth, we worship and serve the Lord.  At times of poverty and struggle, we worship and serve the Lord.  In Joel 2:22 we hear hope in the days of darkness and gloom, “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!  Fear not for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit; figs and vines give their full yield.”  God’s children are planted as vines and tree, inhabiting the land with righteousness, and bearing the fruits of the Spirit.

Dear God, show us the way to return to your green fields and dwell in the fruits of gentleness, kindness and care. Amen.

Friday, July 5, 2024. Prayer 1862. The Green Grass to Sit

Our Lord looks upon us as a great crowd in need as if we were sheep without a shepherd.  We need divine leadership to remind us that compassion makes miracles possible.  In Mark 6:39, Jesus instructs all the crowd “to sit down in groups on the green grass.”  Meanwhile the disciples prepare the loaves and fish to be distributed.  See what happens here?  Sitting settles the need to push.  Green grass cools the body and soothes the mind.  To be in small groups gives intimate listening and story telling to happen.  We think the meal was a miracle.  The crowd being satisfied in soul is the thing!

Dear God, let me take every anxious circumstance to be the occasion to sit, speak, and soothe the hungry soul. Amen.

 

 

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