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'Song of Gratitude'

I was only pouring out my troubles to the LORD.

- 1 Samuel 1:15

The story of Hannah in the book of Samuel is the story of a faithful woman and the mercy of the Lord.

Hannah longed for a son. And she prayed so passionately for it that the priest, Eli, thought she was drunk. The Lord, in his mercy, heard and answered her. The responsorial that follows today's reading is Hannah's song of gratitude for what the Lord had done. It is similar to Mary's Magnificat, praising God as a defender of the weak and the poor.

Like Hannah, we turn to the Lord in our need and our weakness, unafraid to ask but always remembering that not our will, but his, be done.

Lord, may I bear witness to your generosity and mercy with all I meet.

- Greg Erlandson
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freeter | Posted on: 2020-01-15 09:11:47
Lord, put me where You want me and use me where you put me! AMEN
Joanne | Posted on: 2020-01-15 08:05:47
Greg, your devotion was so awesome, thank you. Thank you also for reminding me that God answers prayers according to his, will not ours.

Today's devotion reminds me of all the times that I have poured out my troubles to the Lord throughout my life. I bear witness to God's mercy, generosity and love through answered and unanswered prayers based on the fact that I am still living, doing "good" and for all He has provided for me.

My prayers that seem unanswered to me have probably been answered but according to His will and not mine, if I just sit and ponder on those prayers, I just might realize that they have been answered.

"Jesus is the silent Savior and Deliverer. It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord". Jesus says: "Be still, and know that I am God!"

God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers to all who need them: Chris, Tim, Salina, Vicky G, Ken, Patricia, Arlette, Pam and our LFF.
Tillie | Posted on: 2020-01-14 15:21:52
As I went through life and prayed to God, I often prayed for a specific solution. I did not know how much of a fool I was. I have learned that I really have no idea of how to solve life problems, I do not know the spiritual side enough, and I am not God. Now when I pray, I may let God know how I think a specific solution should go, but always ask for His will to be done. His is the best solution. God bless the LFF family.
Brian D | Posted on: 2020-01-14 13:15:27
Hello Brian, you responded to my comment yesterday and I won’t repeat it. Today I see you are on your own journey. Yes, let Gods will be done, I don’t set any T&Cs I’ve learned to trust. His solutions are beyond anything I could imagine in my wildest dreams. I’m learning to give gratitude, it’s nice to say thanks. I find myself giving the Lord the thumbs up (literally) on a regular basis. Life’s an adventure and with God at our side there is nothing to fear. That’s not to say it’s not challenging. Press on.
Patrick | Posted on:: 2020-01-14 13:44:47
Amen Brian D and Patrick! God bless you.
Tillie | Posted on:: 2020-01-14 15:25:14
Pam and Mel good morning and I will pray for you guys right now. Tim Tillie Vicky G I am thinking and praying for you. Ken
Kjc | Posted on: 2020-01-14 11:04:36
Ken, thank you for including me in your prayer. I'm praying for you also. May God Bless you.
Tillie | Posted on:: 2020-01-14 15:26:46
Your last words resonate in me!
I have been so thoroughly blessed by His
inexhaustible generosity and mercy...my whole life!
Thank you for bringing my praise out of my heart
and into words of gratitude.
God Bless us and all who we love!
Pam | Posted on: 2020-01-14 10:48:37
Amen...have a blessed day!
Work in progress | Posted on:: 2020-01-14 11:12:21
Thank you Greg. Jesus I turn to you, may God's will be fulfilled in me.
Mel | Posted on: 2020-01-14 10:46:00
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