December 5

Psalms 142:2
I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

Benson was sure he knew what his boss wanted him for. He had been late quite frequently because his wife was very sick. Now he was sure he was going to get fired. His boss ushered him into his office, sat him down, and said, "Thomas told me this morning how sick your wife is. Why didn't you tell me? I was ready to fire you because I didn't think there was good reason for you to be late all the time. I'm a reasonable man. Let's work something out. And by the way, the next time there's something the matter, let me know."

At times we may feel that there is nothing to gain by sharing our burdens. Often, however, just talking about them may make us feel better, and it may lead us to new solutions. God wants us to pour out our complaints to Him, and He hopes that we will share with each other. Much good can come from opening up and letting our troubles out.
Prayer: Hear me when I pray, O Lord. Help me to shoulder my burdens and walk on paths that lead to solutions. Let me be open to others who need to share, as You are open to me. Amen.

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