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Weekday Devotional for Second Presbyterian Church - August 10, 2020
Genesis 7:17-8:3 selected verses
The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.  The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.  The waters swelled so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered; the waters swelled above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep…Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.  And the waters swelled on the earth for one hundred fifty days.
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark.  And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens were restrained, and the waters gradually receded from the earth.

But God remembered Noah.  God goes on to promise he will never destroy the earth again in the same manner.  And God promises he will remember us.  Right now it is easy to feel that we are being forgotten but we are not.  We are remembered.

Prayer: Almighty God, we thank you that you remembered Noah and you remember us.  Help us to always remember you as well.  You are a good God who will care for us always.  Show us your goodness this day and always.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

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Weekday Devotional for Second Presbyterian Church - August 11, 2020
Romans 9:19-26
You will say to me then, “Why then does he still find fault?  For who can resist his will?”  But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God?  Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, “Why have you made me like this?”  Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use?  What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction; and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory – including us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?  As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ And her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ There they shall be called children of the living God.”

God calls us God’s people.  If you have ever felt in your life that you were not called God’s child, or you did not feel beloved, know that God has a place for you and has always considered you to belong to God.  This is good news.  This is hope.

Prayer: Almighty God, thank you that you call us your children.  May we always feel and know we belong to you and you are good.  Let us rejoice in the goodness of knowing we have a heavenly Father who will always care for us.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

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