Welcome to this unique approach to daily Bible reading. One passage each day offers a life-focus as the hours of the day are filled with the devotion stemming from a prayerful reading of the passage. Each day a “Firestarter” introduces the reading with the hope of quickening the heart as well as the mind so that the passage can be relished more fully.
Here is a sample Firestarter for Psalm 77, “From Anguish to Hope.”
I pray God’s blessing upon you and all those close to you.
This Psalm has ten verses of anguish, ten of hope. The psalmist will teach you about how to deal with your own pains of the heart. No matter how strong the suffering, he is praying.
Share your heartaches with the Lord. When you have poured yourself out, a fresh, new space expands in your heart to listen to the Lord who brings you remembrance of God’s gracious presence to you throughout your life. Jesus was there for you on the cross. He unleashed the power of healing love there; it is all that you have ever needed or will ever need. The Lord is with you. Pour out your heart and listen to Jesus. He loves you. He will comfort you in his out-poured Spirit, filling your pain and emptiness with his sweet presence.