“Out of the Depths”: New Stillspeaking Daily Devotional

stillspeakingOut of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” – Psalm 130

My first call out of seminary was to a children’s hospital. I was a chaplain in a pediatric emergency room, and I spent most of my time meeting families on what were often the worst days of their lives.

The staff at that hospital were all exceptional. Thanks to them, most of the children who came through the trauma bay doors survived, and even thrived. But that was not always the case. And, for each family, for at least a little while, there was fear and pain and uncertainty.

I would sit with anxious parents while they waited for news. I always felt that it was a holy privilege. And I saw some extraordinary friends who would come and sit with them too, and try to give comfort. But, from time to time, sometimes a well-meaning friend would try a little too hard to make everything alright.

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One thought on ““Out of the Depths”: New Stillspeaking Daily Devotional

  1. Well put.

    So often we think we have to have some cool thing to say or an advanced form of blessing. The real blessing is often just sitting with someone and saying little or nothing. Just being there. Just being the present and caring Body of Christ. Pray for them of course. But how about being the person who goes to get a sandwich for them or being the person that just listens even when they say stuff that is wrong.

    My wife asked me once how you know when to leave. I told her that you just know. Trying to put a time limit on it kills the spirit of it. It isn’t a homework assignment. It is being a living breathing human being who genuinely cares. So often I think that was Jesus big advanced move. Not having a move. Just being there.

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