2021.01.14 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, January 14, 2021 comes to us from Alisha Ritchie of North Carolina
Psalm 139:1-6 1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
1 John 3:1(NIV) See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
My patient has dementia, and her husband of 50 years is doing everything he can to care for her. He washes her soiled linens, provides her meals, and arranges all the doctor appointments. Several times a day, he patiently explains to her why her brother is in the hospital, even though he’s already told her many times before.
As I sat there watching them, I was overcome by their genuine love. Theirs is sacrificial and committed – a love that knows every intimate detail and doesn’t quit. In that moment, I remembered that Christ’s love for each of us runs so much deeper than even my patient and her husband have experienced in their marriage. What other love would cause someone to lay down his life for a sinner like me?
Out of great love, God is concerned with every detail of our lives. God knows our thoughts, actions, and ways – the words we speak even before we can voice them. God is ever-present and not far away. God has molded us into who we are. How can we feel anything but loved?
— Alisha Ritchie
Prayer Focus: Caregivers
Prayer: God who is love, help us to remember that you love us despite our many imperfections. Guide us to love others in that same way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Thought for the Day: God’s love can never be taken from me.
I have witnessed couples who share the kind of inspiring love that Alisha Ritchie describes. She reminds me that when I admire those couples, they model God’s love for each of us.
We say it every week: God Loves Me All the Time; All the time, God Loves Me!!!