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기독교서회
Daily Devotional
2019. 07
12
금요일
MAX
John 10:1-14

[The gatekeeper] calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. — John 10:3 (NRSV)

My cat, Max, isn’t very smart, but he is very affectionate and loves people. Every day at breakfast, he puts his paws on my leg for his morning head scratch. When I get up and go into the bathroom, he comes running upstairs and meows with panic because he can’t see me anymore and doesn’t know where I am. Then, every time, I open the door and call to him, “It’ll be okay, Max,” and he calms down.Sometimes my relation-ship with God is like that. God is always there — close to me every day — but sometimes I lose focus and forget. When I lose my sense of God’s presence I feel disconnected and troubled. But if I cry out, God calls me by name and reassures me. Sometimes I don’t feel very smart, but — out of an abundance of love and grace — God is always patient with me.

Prayer |

Dear God, by your grace, help us to listen for and follow your voice. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV). Amen.

Thought for the Day |

When I am lost, God calls me by name.

Prayer Focus |

THOSE FEELING SEPARATED FROM GOD

Writer |

Raymond Lockley