A baby dances with its feet in the air
~Ruth Krauss (1901–1993), Open House for Butterflies, 1960
Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.
~ Psalm 51:1-12
I read this psalm and thought, “Amen!” No matter what week you are having, this is a good prayer.
I am Your Child – Barry Manilow
Lord, make this psalm my goal. Thank you for the journey. Help me to stay on the paths that you set. And hold me up that I may dance!
In Jesus’ name,
Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things.
~ Robert Service
Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow;
you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
~ Proverbs 27:1
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
I wrote of a situation yesterday. A tough one. I even made a claim after I wrote the devotional. I said, “The only way that _____ is if God changes my heart.” I received a beautiful note from one of you and then, after appreciating it, moved on through my day.
Somewhere around dinner, after an amazing day of joyful circumstances, I felt it. Something in my heart changed, and the whole tone of my attitude relaxed, breathed.
It was a day I could not have had during a normal week. But this is no normal week.
“Many things about tomorrow, I don’t try and understand, but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”
I don’t know where you are walking today, but let Jesus take your hand. And thank you Ev.
Because of Him,