Each day during the  month of March we will be sharing a devotional from a booklet written by Steve Love. Steve is a member of Canton First and a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor. If you would like a complete PDF of this devotional, it can be downloaded here.

Day 22

Psalm 143:5-6 (New International Version)

 5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands  have done.

 6 I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.


     God’s love and care for the world has been felted and seen though out history.  “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.”  The Bible is the stories of God’s love and His care for us. We need the miracles and the stories of God to become part of our long-term memory.  So, we meditate on His works by spending time studying the Bible. 

     By reading the Bible and gaining understanding of God lead us to praise His.  In Sunday school we learned and teach young children to sing, “Praise Him, praise Him, all you little children God is love.  God is love.”   The message is not just one for children, it for every one of us. “I spread out my hands to you,” we left our hands in praise.

     The question is asked of us, how can you praise God and living a life dealing with a brain injury?  God did not cause our brain injuries but He with us helping us to deal with our lives.  It is only though prayer of my wife and other I am alive today.  The fact that I can think and able to write this book is because of God’s love and care for me.  I should still be in a coma.   It is through God’s grace and an answered to the prayer that were left up to God that I am as good as I am.  No matter the state of our wellbeing we could be worse. 

     I know were in the brain is injury took place effects what shape and disability we must face every day.  No two brain injuries are alike.   Why some we have a mild brain injury and other have a server brain injury?  There are many questions which can not be answered.  By studying the Bible and seeing how God had worked for His people in the past and seeing how God is working now in our lives, we can give praise Him.

   “My soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”  Knowing God’s love and care for us makes our soul/heart/mind want more of God in our lives.  Droughts come and the land, the plants, the trees, and the flowers wither and die without water.  Rain comes and the land is renewed.  The present of God in our lives, working in and though us, we grow in our knowledge and understanding of God.  Our soul/heart/mind sings “More about Jesus would I know, More of His grace to others show; More of His saving fullness see, More of His love who died for me.”    Because our soul/heart/mind knows God, we can l Pray and ask God to help left our hands in praise to Him even living a life with a brain injury. 

Pray and thank God for the way He has shown His love for us by taking care and helping us everyday.

Pray and praise God for being a God who touches us to the very depth of our soul/heart/mind.

Pray and ask God to help us as we face the hardship of living a life with a brain injury.