Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Even if Your Voice Shakes

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
My soul shall in the Lord rejoice,
and boast in his salvation, too.
My body will exult and say,
'O Lord, who can there be like you?
you give the poor deliverance
from one who is for them too strong;
the needy and oppressed you spare
from those who steal and do them wrong.'
 —Psalm 0000000
Suggested tune: Sweet Hour (LMD)

Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, 'As the Lord the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.' The word of the Lord came to him, saying, 'Go from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the Wadi Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the wadi, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.' So he went and did according to the word of the Lord; he went and lived by the Wadi Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the wadi. But after a while the wadi dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
—1 Kings 17:1-7
Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind—even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants.
 —Maggie Kuhn 
Help me, O God, to speak the truth to power, even if my voice shakes.
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on 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 forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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