Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Thursday, March 12
Read Deuteronomy 32: 1-4

The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he … (v 4)


I appreciate the words in the hymn “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.” The truths of these words have come to mean much to me over the years. I was a third-grader when God first came into my life. I did not realize he would become the guiding force of my life.

A second very important thing happened in the third grade and also shaped who I would become. My father gave me the quarter horse he had bought for himself. I had fallen in love with her, so my loving father turned her over to me and bought another horse for himself.

The 12-year-old mare became my best friend and constant companion. I rode her bareback in the fields and pastures, sometimes with just a halter and a rope. I developed a vivid imagination; I was often a circus performer, or an Indian or cowgirl. I don’t remember ever feeling lonely. I am thankful I was blessed to be a country girl.

I am even more thankful God came into my life. Although we had a family Bible, my family did not attend church. I became aware of God through school prayer. God and prayer became an important part of my life.

I pray morning, noon and night, and throughout the day. I pray when things are going well and when life seems difficult. I pray for family, for friends and for many others, especially those who are experiencing tragedy. I also pray prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving.

I am thankful to God for touching the heart of an 8-year-old child and becoming the most important part of her life. I am thankful for a God who invites us to pray and who listens to our prayers. Prayer has brought me through many difficult times.

I faced a serious challenge two days before Christmas this year, one that left me heartbroken and in despair. I had an important decision to make. I could not sleep and prayed to God throughout the night for guidance on how to handle the situation. He led me through this personal crisis. I know he was in control, because my anger and bitterness faded. My response to this challenge was not my response; it was God guiding me.

Life is not always easy. We all face times of despair, disappointment and betrayal. I am thankful I have God to turn to in these times. He is my rock; all other ground is sinking sand.

Judy McDiffett

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