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Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Morning Devo--Parable of Children in the Marketplace

"To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 'We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.'" Luke 7:31-32 NET

What kind of friend is it who doesn't share in your joys and sorrows? Probably not one who will stay at the top of your list of friends.

When I hear or read or see something funny, the first thing I want to do is tell someone. My husband is usually the first recipient of the rehashed humor, but a nearby friend or maybe Facebook is next. When I'm feeling sad, Jack is usually the first to know too, but I don't usually tell it on Facebook. Sadness is more personal, something to share only with someone close to me. Someone who understands. Someone sympathetic.

God made us this way. It's okay. Everything He does is for a good reason. He doesn't make mistakes. We need each other. So be there for someone, okay?

Prayer: Precious Lord, You want us to be as much like You as we can be. Sometimes we fail, Lord. You show us someone who needs a smile or a chuckle, and we fail to dance. You expose us to a hurt friend, and we're too busy; we fail to weep. Lord, please--break our hearts with what breaks Yours.


  1. Anne thank you for this article. I am touched by your prayer because I am guilty of being blind to others pain sometimes.

    1. Yes--aren't we all sometimes. I need to be more sensitive, too.


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