Today’s StillSpeaking Devotional was written by Rev. Donna Schaper and called “Wiping the Dust Off our Feet”. I’ve never thought of wiping the dust as I leave anyplace, unless it was leaving a warehouse floor to go into an office or leaving a messy outside (snow, rain, mud) to go inside.  I suppose if I lived in a dusty desert I would more frequently wipe them.  

The scripture for the Devotional is Luke 10:11.  Luke 10 is  Jesus’ directive to those he sent out, two by two.  Wiping the dust was to convey ‘you have not welcomed us nor given us peace, so we want nothing from you‘.  That’s quite a slam.

Eternal Energy,

You even created dust.  In some places, dust is mixed with sand and water to make bricks and mortar.  For many of us, dust is simply something we don’t want.  Sadly, Lord, there are more elements of your creation that we don’t want:  pain, cold, ice…  we often dismiss them as bad.  There are other things you’ve called into being that we sometimes consider good, sometimes bad.  Kermit the Frog’s song “Green” comes to mind.  He speaks of the difficulty of being green, then goes on to the beauty of green.

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Loving Lord,

Today I pray that you will remind me to look for the upside of things I find troubling.  Move me from complacency.  Stir my interest in seeing the good.  Help me to do good.  Help me to bring your kingdom to earth.

I also ask to lean on your strength with all the Valentine’s candy that’s around.  I don’t need it, but I want it – even knowing that it’s not nutritious.  I bring Susan to you as she strives to slim a bit.  Sometimes Lord, a few pounds can be so hard to shed.  Give her your inspiration on new things to try.

I remember our relationships on this Valentine’s Day.  I pray for Susan’s with Sarah, Aaron, Matt and her parents.  I pray for mine with Steve, my children & my siblings.   Let us be blessings to these people, Lord.  And those with whom we come into contact at any time of the day.

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Generous Giver,

All that I am, all that I have, all that I experience comes from you.  I am always grateful!  Lord, I love you so much!

I pray using the name of Jesus, my Savior and brother,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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