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1 Kings 8:54-61, Solomon Blesses the Assembly

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our ancestors; may he not leave us or abandon us, but incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways
— 1 Kings 8:57

NL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, October 30, 2018

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by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


How often do we turn to the Lord with prayers of gratitude?

I find myself turning to the Lord when I struggle - especially when I’m frustrated with something.

It’s a real struggle to remember to thank the Lord for blessings, and to only ask that God help me be faithful.

I don’t think that expressing gratitude is something that humans always do so well - perhaps it’s hard to learn, or perhaps we feel that too much showing of gratitude makes it seem cheap.

I think there can never be enough gratitude for what God has done for us - and the good news is that if we forget to say our thanks, we are forgiven and free to try again later.


Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

1 Kings 8:54-61,

Now when Solomon finished offering all this prayer and this plea to the Lord, he arose from facing the altar of the Lord, where he had knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven; he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice: “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel according to all that he promised; not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke through his servant Moses.The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our ancestors; may he not leave us or abandon us, but incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances, which he commanded our ancestors. Let these words of mine, with which I pleaded before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires; so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Therefore devote yourselves completely to the Lord our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.”

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