DEVOTION: Cancellations...

by Beth Bondurant

Winter storm advisory updates indicate that plans may be cancelled...

in a moment's notice.



Gathering for an exciting morning of introductions and information...

can become deadly without warning.



Hopes and dreams of long and loving relationships can be shattered...

when one least expects it.



Waking in pain can nullify a projected schedule of events...

leaving one with no alternative.



Life is a risk.  Even the most simple and certain routines can be abruptly cancelled.



"God, you're my cave to hide in, my cliff to climb. Be my safe leader, be my true mountain guide. Free me from hidden traps; I want to hide in you. I've put my life in your hands. You won't drop me, you'll never let me down."



Nothing but God's loving presence is for sure.



Too many people and possibilities can change the direction of the day.



God's light and love shine... but darkness comes.



Hope and healing abound... as do lasting consequences.



Time heals... but the depth of the wounds cause continued pain.



O God... there are some days we would like to be able to change.  Some experiences are just too hard to bear.  The "why" is such a mystery.  We are bereft of strength and understanding... so we must lean on YOU.  You are the only one who can bring about our Shalom... who can sew goodness and mercy into the wounds of our heart.  Console our grief, O God, and renew our spirits.  Forgive our unbelief...anger...and questioning judgment.  Soothe our mind, heart... body and spirit with the oils of unconditional love and peace.  We believe all things are possible ... but we aren't clear on "the how".  In time is such an undetermined trust. Today looms heavy... tomorrow seems never to come.  We waver in our hope... so we commit our spirit to you.  Hold us... heal us... have mercy on us... and help us today "through the valley" of life's cancellations.

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