May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us. - Psalm 90:17 (NIV) As a young man I suffered a series of losses and failures that left me with a hard heart. …
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May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us.
- Psalm 90:17 (NIV)
As a young man I suffered a series of losses and failures that left me with a hard heart. The God I had known as a youth seemed to have disappeared. When I began to date the woman who became my wife, my life began to change. She saw something good in me and planted the seed of God’s love in my life. With time and nurturing, the seed grew into an understanding that even though I had turned my back on God, God hadn’t left me.
It took several years of Christian love and my wife’s leading, but I returned to my faith with a renewed commitment to follow God’s ways. Just as today’s reading says, God has compassion on us and satisfies us with unfailing love. God’s favor rests upon us. My wife spent countless hours praying for me as I returned to my faith, and now we pray together for others. Hurt, pain, failure, and pride can harden our hearts, but prayer and gentle words of witness can plant the seed of God’s love in those who need it most.
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