Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene
“Restore us, O God our savior, and abandon your displeasure against us.” (Psalm 85:4)
Summer brings longer days that are full of outside activities: finishing a house project, working in the garden or playing at the pool. During these busy times I find that I can easily get away from my usual daily routines. Unfortunately, this includes my daily time in prayer and reflection with God. In those times I start to feel especially drained and start thinking about wanting some time away.
The idea of a vacation is wonderful ¯? taking the time to relax, refresh and spend time with family or friends. But, in reality when the vacation is over there is laundry to be done, house projects to finish and work to be done in the yard. Those feelings of relaxation and refreshment are soon forgotten.
I find comfort in today’s verse as it reminds me that God is the true source of restoration. And when I am faithful to spend time with Him each day I receive the restoration that I seek./br>
You are the God of restoration.
Help us to seek You first.
In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Social Worker, Avera Transplant Institute
MICAH 7:14-15, 18-20 • PSALM 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8 •JOHN 20:1-2, 11-18