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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.” (Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7)


I have a lot of distress that comes my way. It is not severe distress most of the time, but those people, events, illnesses, broken equipment, cars that won’t start, things that negatively impact me in my life. I know that I reach out to God to give me guidance some of the time. This Psalm tells me that God is there for me in all of those things.

I recently took a test to score my stress and resiliency. Many of the questions centered around, “Do I have someone who will listen and care for me.” “Absolutely” was my answer. I have God, my husband, my son and my sister in my corner.

I had a nurse friend years ago who was an atheist. We were in a car when it hit a patch of ice and started to veer into the path of another car. We were uninjured but visibly shaken. I asked her, after the incident, who she reached out to or prayed to in those last few seconds when we thought we were going to be hit. She said that she had no one that functioned like that for her. I know that I was praying during those few seconds, and I am grateful that I have God to listen and care for me.

How would the world be different if we all had a God whom we could call upon in our time of distress?


God, my rock, my fortress

thank You for listening and caring for me in my distress.

Thank You for being my shield and my stronghold in times of need.

Help me to lean on You more and listen for Your voice.

Be with others who don’t think they have anyone to lean on.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Margie Smotherman RN, BSN, MA, PMP
Avera Call Center, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

ACTS 16:11-15 ● PSALM 149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B ● JOHN 15:26—16:4A

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