DEVOTION: Doomed to Sacrifice

by Beth Bondurant
DEVOTION: Doomed to Sacrifice

For many today it has been 36 hours of relentless wind and end in sight as darkness covers  the saturated land... soon to bring the breaking of dawn on the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

There was no other way unless one chose to leave home.

"You have no idea how God works. Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?"

There were many voices in command trying their best to maneuver folks to safety... to the best scenario of making it alive and well through this threat to everyone's well being.

The mystery and majesty of it all brings us to our knees.  No way can we control the power surge of God's omnipotence for restoration and renewal.

O God, I am afraid.  The very things I would do... I do not do. Like previous disciples I want Shalom for all... yet I am so very reluctant to chose the way of sacrifice.  Why does life have to be so hard.  With one slight movement of your hand, creation shines.

Yet, your promises overwhelm us and I am always looking for the silver lining.  Forgive me, Lord, for not choosing the way of love which is willing to lay down one's life for another. Restore us today.  Set us on the right path even when it is strewn with limbs and trees... the debris and aftermath of torrential ordeal.  Bring hope and healing to our heart, mind, body and spirit.  We want to walk the walk ... talk the talk... making the choice to be God's people doomed to sacrifice.

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