Pouring Out Your Troubles

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In today’s Gospel reading from Mark 1, Jesus casts an unclean spirit out of a man while in the synagogue in Capernaum. The people recognized the authority that Jesus had, not only over unclean spirits, but to teach as well. They said, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”

Today’s first reading from 1 Samuel 1 shows us a heart-wrenching prayer from Hannah. She was so distraught that the priest, Eli, thought her drunk. She revealed to him that she was simply filled with sorrow and misery. She told Eli, "I was only pouring out my troubles to the LORD."

What do your conversations with God sound like? I hope you have many different forms of conversation with him. Of course, we should always give thanks for his goodness and grace and mercy. As well, we should never hesitate to pour out our troubles to him. He desires to know about every aspect of our lives.

Father, we give you all praise and glory as we share our joys and sorrows and troubles with you today. Amen.

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