My daughter’s gleeful voice was on the answering machine. “I did it! I qualified” for swimming nationals. Several days later we talked about this milestone in her life. Maria said, almost apologetically, “I prayed so hard before the race, Mom, and asked God for strength to swim fast enough. Was it wrong of me to tell God how much I wanted to qualify for nationals?”
I assured Maria that it’s never wrong to tell God how deeply we desire something because God already knows, anyway! The psalmist reminds us that God knows what we are going to say even before we open our mouths. God is not aloof from our daily lives. We worship an intimate Savior who lives both in and through us.
This message is adapted from a stewardship devotion written by the Rev. Mary Ann Moller-Gunderson for Women of the ELCA in 2003. Today we remember Thomas Cranmer, bishop of Canterbury, martyr, who died in 1556.
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