Wednesday, August 16, 2023


Today’s Reading: Job 9-10

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The Wedding Church in Cana of Galilee is where Jesus began His public ministry, turning water into wine. This was the home Church of my son-in-law, Nizar Shaheen. He served as an altar boy here. Ellen and Nizar were married in a basketball court right in front of the nearby Baptist Church on May 21, 1983. None of the churches would hold the crowd of about 2,500 people. In today’s reading Job mentions snow water. I prayed on live TV from here that God would warm hearts which were like cold water turning the water into the warmth of the wine of His presence.

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Key Verses: Job 9:32-33

For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.

Oh, the great advantage we have compared to Job and his friends. Being fully God and fully human, Jesus became our Mediator. A mediator brings two parties together. The word “mediator” occurs seven times in the Bible…once in Job and six times in Galatians, Hebrews, and 1st Timothy 2:5, “There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

A New Testament reading for today could be John 9:1-7. Bildad and Zophar believed that Job’s suffering was because of Job’s sin. Not so! Jesus said that the blindness of the man who was born blind was not the result of sin, but “that the works of God should be revealed in him.” This sounds very much like the reason for Job’s suffering.

When we are hurting, run quickly to the cross and, through Jesus death and resurrection, into the arms of our Father. The wine of His presence will warm and comfort you.


Father God, thank You for Jesus, the only One that at the same moment touches both You, Father God, and me. Please grant me the understanding I need so that I will not allow time to pass without acknowledging Your healing and comforting presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!


When my great granddaughter, Autumn Neilson, was about three years old, she rushed to me the moment I arrived at her front door. She pointed to her second toe on her right foot and told me that she had an owie. I bent over, kissed her toe, and prayed that her precious toe would be all better. Immediately she broke into a smile. Then she took me to the place where she stubbed her toe. Of course, I was most sympathetic. This special treatment I’ve been receiving from Autumn has been going on ever since. She’s been jumping up beside me at every opportunity and giving me cuddles. The reason may stem back to when our great-grandchild, Jadice Patterson, first visited from Oklahoma City at six months old. Jadice was the focus of everyone’s attention. I noticed Autumn’s long face, picked her up, and concentrated only on her for at least 15 minutes. It’s a beautiful thing to know that our Heavenly Father can give 100% attention to all His children at the same time. That comes with the fact that He is God and “God is love” (1 John 4:8b).

Yours for learning to run into the Father’s loving arms without delay,


P.S. My son in law, Bruce Stacey, has written and recorded songs for his children and grandchildren. Click the “play” arrow below for Bruce’s song about his granddaughter Autumn Lillian Neilson, called “When Autumn Smiles” (after you hit play, give it a minute to load).

Autumn Neilson







5 thoughts on “Wednesday, August 16, 2023

  1. Job is such a difficult book. As I’m going through a difficult time with health issues & a big move. The link for Autumn Smiles would not open so I did a Google search & it came up there! A lovely joyful song. Blessings all today.

  2. When we are hurting, we can understand what Job was going through. Thankfully, we know that God had not abandoned him but considered him blameless ( Job 1:1). He did come to Job’s rescue and will come to rescue us, also.

    Praying for you, Doreen. May God help you in your current situation and send someone to help and comfort you. 2 Cor. 1:3-4

    Thinking of and praying for Eleanor and Edward. Ps 46

    • Luisa, Amen to your comments about Job.
      I join you in prayer for Doreen that all will go
      well for her move and her health improves.
      Also praying for Eleanor and Edward, that
      our Lord Jesus would guide and comfort them
      at this time, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

      • I, too, join in prayers for Doreen, Lily, Edward and Eleanor; as well as all those unspoken prayers. Lord, in Your Mercy Comfort all❣️

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