March 18, 2009

MARCH 18 – WHAT IS IN STORE

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By Meghan Hoover, a senior business major from Akron, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: As I sit down to write a devotional here in a library in Baltimore, I wonder what I will do for the rest of my life. What do I have to give the world that the other 200 people in this building haven’t already given? Over and again I come up short, thinking I have no place to go, nothing else to learn; that my peers have all done it better, or else I would have a job just like they do. I wonder what God has in store for me if everyone around me seems to already live the life I want for myself.

But in this economy, maybe what I want has to change.

Whether we are unable to build the family life we have always wanted, find that dream house or work up the rungs of success, we go through disappointment every day of our lives. But God is there to show us unfailing love, to heal and rescue us, to give us reason for joy.

Sitting here in the library, I can find many little things that make me happy and remind me of the brilliance of life. I see people holding doors, sharing a kind word and attending to needs of others; a beautiful landscape of people with goals and dreams. It reminds me not to worry about the future but to be thankful for what I have already been given. God has a place for each one of these people — friend, classmate, library associate and student — and all move together in a scene of God’s creativity. This is a reminder to us that God provides everyday for our needs. We are all held together in God’s hands, and for that, we have reason to be thankful.

Let us give thanks, for the LORD has been wonderful to us by God’s unfailing love.

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SCRIPTURE: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (NRSV)

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress;
he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

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Comments (25)

  1. I am trully blessed by your devotion. May the Lord bless you.

    Rahimathomas March 18, 2009 |
  2. Greetings Meghan,

    Thanks so much for your reflections and reminders of God’s love and care for everyone and everything. I am at Laurelville now in my 3rd week as the Executive Director and learning much. You must stop by sometime.
    thanks and blessings, john

    John H. Denlinger March 18, 2009 |
  3. Thanks Meghan,

    Appreciated your thoughts and reflections.

    thanks and blessings, john

    John H. Denlinger March 18, 2009 |
  4. Lovely, Meghan. Thank you. You have helped me set a course for today. One day at a time.

    Maureen March 18, 2009 |
  5. A simple “THANKS” for your devotions!!!

    Norbert Langer March 18, 2009 |
  6. Thanks for the encouragement! God bless…

    Philip Hulse March 18, 2009 |
  7. Thanks for reminding me of my many blessings. I need to remember to look with my God-eyes instead of my world-eyes.

    Nancy Brookhart March 18, 2009 |
  8. What a wise young woman to have looked at life in such a positive way at such an early age!! Wish I had done that early. Live life with Christ each day. Blessings to all of you at the college, Flora

    flora March 18, 2009 |
  9. Thanks, Megan, for this encouragement which I need especially much today! I know that you have a special place in God’s economy. Bless you deeply! Fremont

    Fremont Regier March 18, 2009 |
  10. I hear longing to serve in a unique way and meaningful … some of the deepest service is unremarkable. I like what Henry Nouwen says to shake up my western thinking:

    As long as we relate primarily to each other’s wealth, health, stability, intelligence, and soul strength, we cannot develop true community. Community is not a talent show in which we dazzle the world with our combined gifts. Community is the place where our poverty is acknowledged and accepted, not as something we have to learn to cope with as best as we can but as a true source of new life.

    Acknowledging our need is the first step to God … you are there even if you do not feel it.

    Ann March 18, 2009 |
  11. “It reminds me not to worry about the future but to be thankful for what I have already been given.” These are words that I needed to hear today as I am anxious about what the next few weeks will bring. Will I still have a job? It shouldn’t matter. God has blessed me with a wonderful family, friends and church family. I will give thanks and know that “his steadfast love endures for ever.” Thanks!

    Mark R March 18, 2009 |
  12. I am about to leave the house for a job interview. Who knew that after 6 years of university I’d graduate when the job market was so tight? Thank you for your encouragement today. It was exactly what I needed to read! God bless you!

    Ruth March 18, 2009 |
  13. This was a good devotion this morning. I love you!!!!

    Becky March 18, 2009 |
  14. Wanted to share the goodness of how God works in our lives, even when we want more.

    I love you!!

    Jerry March 18, 2009 |
  15. You have put into words my thoughts and struggles of the past months. How can I make a difference in my corner of the world here and now. As it becomes personal it will also become unique.

    Emily Jantzi March 18, 2009 |
  16. It’s refreshing, and not surprising, to read so much spiritual maturity in such a young person! If we would all recognize and celebrate each day for what it is now…live in the present…we would find ourselves well prepared for the days to come, decisions to come, blessings to come, trials to come. When we live each day, we admit our need for God, our trust in him, our joy in being exactly who he wants us to be….this moment.
    I have learned, after lots of years, we miss so much joy right before us when we look only to the days ahead.
    Bless your for a wonderful devotion. We can learn from your comments and words, regardless of age!

    Jackie March 18, 2009 |
  17. “Let’s tell of his deeds with song…” and each day celebrate God’s great faithfulness in loving us just as we are. Thanks Meghan for your sharing the positive outlook God has given you and encouraging me to see the world with the eyes and heart of God. God bless you as you continue to walk with Him into your future.

    DebbiSue March 18, 2009 |
  18. Meghan, I “subscribed” to these Lenten devotions in response to an ad from Sojourners.
    Yours has been, for me, the most meaningful
    reflection. May your life continue to be blessed.

    Frank Moore March 18, 2009 |
  19. Thank you for your in depth devotional. As i began reading it i thought that you must remember that you are a unique individual and God has a plan for you. Be patience. The remainder of your devotional spoke to me and reminded me of the many blessings and challenges i have experienced throughout my life. You have made my day.

    David Schenk March 18, 2009 |
  20. Meghan,

    You sitting in the library brought me back to my undergraduate days struggling to get on with my studies and wondering where it was leading. I am now at the other end of the career spectrum, i.e. retired, and have been blessed in so many ways that I could never have foreseen in the library.

    Our security is not in our 401Ks. The future is bright for those that trust God and ask him for guidance each day. I am continuing to learn that the most important question, each day, is, “What would YOU have me do?”

    Thank you for prompting a bit of time travel and rejoicing in the goodness and trustworthiness of God.

    Bill Postma March 18, 2009 |
  21. A word aptly spoken (written) are like apples of gold. Passing through a deep and dark valley I am just beginning again to experience / know God’s love / care. Thanks for your contribution and blessings to you!

    Devon March 18, 2009 |
  22. Very nice and so appropriate for what is hapening in our nation.

    Karen Flaherty March 19, 2009 |
  23. Your insight of the devotional and every comment by others is so very appropriate to acknowledge that God is our only hope–we do not know what the future holds but we know who holds the future!

    Phyllis Kehr March 19, 2009 |
  24. Thanks so much.

    Joe Miller March 21, 2009 |
  25. Meghan, I hope you are still checking responses. I am late in reading your devotional because I have been in Akron, PA for a New Wineskins meeting. The task force has been working very hard to articulate the results of worldwide meetings on the topic of re-envisioning MCC for the future in a world that has changed radically in the past 20 or more years. Your devotional reminded me of several times in my life when God brought great joy after hard work/struggles. As a young adult, I was apprenhensive each time I needed to move to a new location, for missionary assignments, home leaves, and further training. Each time, I was “surprised by joy” when I saw God working through all the details. More recently, as part of my retirement life, I felt afraid and inadequate about travelling and contributing to the New Wineskins process. Again, I have flet great joy in working with the rest of the task force.
    I know that God will also bring joy and fulfillment into your life, even during these uncertain times. In the meantime, I invite you to go to the MCC.org/NewWineskins website after March 27 to read and respond to the new vision for MCC. God bless!

    Shirley Hsu March 23, 2009 |