Devotional for Thursday May 26, 2022
Adam was lonely, so God put him to sleep and took a rib out of his side and out of the rib made a beautiful woman. When Adam woke up, he felt happy. From birth, the hands of a woman carried and placed me in the most special hands, my mother’s hands. A woman's hands are tireless, they wash, clean, cook, and iron. The hands of a woman carry her children, dresses them, sings to them, guides them. The hands of a woman rise to heaven with prayers, interceding for her children, for humanity, honoring the Word of God. A woman's hands reach out to help, comfort, console, and hold. A woman's hands are soft, delicate, tender, they caress, they shelter her husband and her children. A woman's hands praise the Creator of heaven and earth. God gave the woman tenderness, kindness, strength, constancy, fortitude. Jesus, the Savior of the world, the child of Bethlehem, was born of a woman, she clothed him, protected, and cared for him until the time of his ministry on earth arrived. Such are the hands of a woman!
Written by Migdalia Ayala,
Translated by Maria Elena Cardona
Morning Acts 9:38-41
38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
Noon Psalm 30
1 I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
7 LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Evening Proverbs 14:1
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
Prayer Guide: [El Salvador-San Salvador] and [Chile-Calama]
This month's challenge is: Identify each character virtue of Christ and incorporate it into your own character. Spend more time with the people you love. Evaluate daily if your behavior resembles that of Jesus. Constantly ask yourself before making a decision or doing anything, what would Christ have done in my place? Study more deeply the life of Christ and ask God to help you be a better Christian.