To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. - Psalm 25:1-2 (NRSV)

When my parents died, my younger brother and I lived together. Our financial situation was difficult. He drove a bus, and I was a schoolteacher. Then I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in addition to the lung problems that make breathing difficult for me.

When my brother became engaged,...

Today's Prayer
God of all comfort, help us to trust that you are with us in all situations, especially in times of trouble. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.
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Today's Reading
Psalm 30:1-4

Thought for the Day

God will help me and never leave me alone.

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