The Upper Room Devotional 24th October 2023: Like a Mother and a Father
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for 24 October 2023 Message written by Paul Alex (Banten, Indonesia) God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
TODAY’S TOPIC: LIKE A MOTHER AND A FATHER
Paul Alex (Banten, Indonesia)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Scripture brings me comfort when I feel alone.
From my birth I have leaned upon you, my protector since my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you. – Psalm 71:6 (NRSVUE)
Our family is large. I am the youngest of six siblings — three girls and three boys. I lost both my mother and my father when I was very young, and my elder brothers and sisters raised me. Following my mother’s death from cancer, I felt utterly alone. I often cried, thinking, Why should I live? Jesus take me. I have no one to love me the way she did. But I have taken comfort in Psalm 23. My mother often recited these verses when I held her hand and went on walks with her or when I accompanied her to the hospital.
Now I am a grown woman with my own family, a career, and an independent life. Psalm 23, the passage my mother taught me when I was young, still comforts me; it gives me hope when I face sickness, sadness, or other challenges. As I recite that psalm from memory, joy and peace prevail in me. I have learned to look to God when I need my mother’s love and also when I need my father’s love. I know that God loves me and cares for me. God can comfort me like a mother and like a father.
Loving God, thank you for comforting your children. Thank you for your continuous guidance and favor. Amen.
Those grieving the loss of a parent