March 12

Psalm 89:1-18; Psalm 89:19-52; Genesis 49:1-28;
1 Corinthians 10:14—11:1
; Mark 7:24-37

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.  1 Corinthians 11:1

This fall has been particularly trying for me. My daughter was extremely ill, thankfully the doctors believe it was a virus, but she had a short hospital stay and weeks of recovery after that. My husband has had his own struggles and has needed quite a bit of emotional support.

I was guilty of forgetting God in these trying months and trying to heal everyone, physically and emotionally, by myself. Then I would reach the end of my rope, and remember God. I particularly remember doing this the night my daughter was admitted to the hospital. It was 2 am, I had been up almost 24 hours and there was no more gas in the engine. After lying in the recliner for an hour worrying, I told God I had done everything I knew to do and I was turning it all over to him. I felt peace, knew it would be OK and immediately fell asleep.

As Paul instructed, we should all try to be imitators of Christ and try not to seek our own advantage, but in giving to others, we should not forget how often Christ went into the mountains to pray. Christ could not complete his mission without the quiet of being alone with God and taking time for himself. While we don’t know what he prayed for, I can only imagine he prayed for the strength to keep going when everyone was taking from him.