January 29, 2014

genesis16-11

Genesis 16:1-14

This time every year, I begin to feel a growing sense of impatience. I am tired of cold temperatures and long, dark nights. I am weary of the drab grayness of barren hardwoods shivering in the chilly wind. The grass is a somber, disheartening shade of brown. The sun gives no warmth, only an eerie brightness to accentuate the lifeless winter landscape.

Many times in life, we find ourselves in seasons of winter, when struggles and disappointments surround us on all sides and waiting becomes very difficult. We grow tired of the desolate landscape, and we grow impatient for the beauty of life to return once again.

It is during these long, cold winters that our faith is tested. We may feel that God has somehow denied or forgotten us. We may even be tempted to disregard God’s plans and take matters into our own hands. Ultimately, our plans will fail, but God never will.

God sees and hears us, and He is always with us, even through the wildernesses of winter. Just as surely as the warm days of spring and tender, green grasses will return, so too God will remember His promises to love and care for us.

Prayer: Gracious Lord, when our faith is put to the test, help us to patiently await your blessings. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh,
Vicar at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.

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One Response to January 29, 2014

  1. Glenda Lindler says:

    Paulette, I just happened upon the NALC open F B page and your excellent and inspirational devotion.

    Contact me to catch up. Glenda gwlindler@gmail.com

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