January 13, 2020
Bringing Out the Good
O [uc]Lord[/uc], I am your servant.
On a recent trip, we faced a couple of near disasters. These situations weren't life-threatening by any means, but they were, shall we say, costly. And they were, I also admit, all my fault.
In the midst of one of these situations, of course I was moved to pray. First, for a resolution to the situation that involved no loss, either of material goods or my pride. [i]"Please fix it,"[/i] I asked God. [i]"Thanks."[/i] But then a different prayer came to me, a simpler one: [i]"Help me bring good out of this."[/i] Whatever that good might be: greater humility, closer attention to detail, my kids learning a lesson that might help them later--whatever. [i]"Just open me,"[/i] I ended up praying more than once, [i]"to whatever good you can lead us to through this, Lord."[/i] And if I'm truly the Lord's servant, it strikes me that this is a prayer worth remembering and repeating--many, many times a day.
Lord, I open myself to serve you. Bring good out of whatever I do today--even my mistakes.
- Amy Welborn
1 Samuel 1:1-8|Psalm 116:12-19|Mark 1:14-20