+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.
Reading: Psalm 107:4-6, 35 (NLT)
Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress.
But he also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into springs of water.
Reading: Genesis 21:14-19 (NLT)
So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on Hagar’s shoulders. Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba.
When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears.
But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.”
Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink.
Reading: Acts 15:36 (NLT)
After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.”
Merciful God: You hear the cries of the lost and attend to their needs.
+ Hear the cries of the lost and homeless; use us to attend to their needs.
+ Hear the cries of the hungry and thirsty, those near death; use us to attend to their needs.
+ Hear the cries of the wandering, empty souls among us; use us to provide the Good News that You alone can fill the deep longing of their hearts.
Lord Jesus: Move Your people out into the world to make disciples and to love and serve You.
+ Give us Your mind, that we may see the world around us as You see it.
+ Give us Your heart, that we may be filled with Your compassion for the least and the lost.
+ Give us Your Spirit, that we may act boldly in Your name – knowing what to do and when to do it.
Thank You, Lord, for Your presence with us – may we do one thing today, outside of our comfort zone, that honors You in response to the leading of Your Word and Spirit. Amen.
“Hear My Cry, Oh Lord” – Maranatha
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
+ In the name of the Protecting Father, in the name of the Conquering Son, and in the name of the Liberating Spirit. Amen!