you increased my strength of soul.
When you're tired of hearing people mischaracterize the being whom they call the Old Testament God, remember what the OT actually does say about God, including these verses from the prophet Zephaniah
"Sing out loud. Rejoice and exult. The Lord has taken away the judgments against you. You don't need to keep being afraid."They may not have deserved God's mercy and grace any more than we do, but God is merciful. They may have known disaster, as many of us have, too. Yet, they knew that God was still with them, still renewing them to face the future after the disaster has past.
Thanksgiving for support during troubles.
There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
There are those who are pure in their own eyes
yet are not cleansed of their filthiness.
There are those--how lofty are their eyes,
how high their eyelids lift!
There are those whose teeth are swords,
whose teeth are knives,
to devour the poor from off the earth,
the needy from among mortals.
Prayer for Today: O Lord, thank you for the times you have shown us mercy. Now, we ask that you guide us into ways that we won't have to pray for forgiveness. Remind us during our bad times that you are with us. Amen.