Monday Morning Devotional

Week of August 19, 2019


“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits”--- (Psalm 103:2)


It was one of those times where I knew I was asleep, but had the feeling that someone was watching me. I opened my eyes and saw my son (who was five at the time) standing beside my bed. I looked at the clock, wondering if my alarm had failed to sound, but it was 2:30 a.m.!

“What’s wrong, buddy,” I asked.

“I had a bad dream,” he said.

I got out of the bed and walked with him to his room. As I lifted him up to put him in bed, I asked, “What was your bad dream?”

“I don’t remember.”

Before leaving his room, I prayed over him. At the conclusion of my prayer he said, “Daddy, do you know what really makes me rest better when I’ve had a bad dream? Sleeping with you and Mommy in your bed!”

I gave him a big hug and stayed by his bedside until he fell asleep.

Earlier this summer, we went on a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. It was our daughter’s idea. She wanted us to do this together in celebration of her high school graduation. My wife and I had been on a cruise 25 or so years earlier and we vowed it would be our first and last. But our daughter was persistent, so we agreed. I cannot begin to express how much fun we had together. Often my eyes would catch my daughter’s eyes at dinner, during one of the shows, or on one of our offshore adventures. She did not have to say anything. Her eyes and the dimpled smile on her face said it all. She was having the time of her life. Later she simply said “Best vacation ever!” I hugged her and thanked her for her perseverance in convincing my wife and me to give in to her idea of the cruise.

Earlier this summer, our son got married to the love of his life, and just last week, we moved our daughter into her residence hall in Boone. Reading today’s passage, I thought about how I would feel as a father if my children only turned to me in the nightmares of life, never showing an interest in whether we shared experiences like the cruise or not. I could not help but wonder how my relationship with my kids would be different if that were the case. And I could not help but wonder if sometimes God feels that way about our relationship with him.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits.”


Prayer: Lord, from head to toe, I will bless your holy name…and I won’t forget a single blessing (adapted from The Message).