Saturday: Psalm 44-45 & Luke 15:1-32

From Karli Riegel

“For not by their own arm did they win the land nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.” – Psalm 44:3

Coming out of my busiest of seasons at work, nearly working 7 days a week for 12 hour days, I am so incredibly happy to read today’s scripture reading and be reminded that it is not by my own work that I am saved.

The sheep, the coin and the son did not save themselves, and neither do I, nor do you. At work, I often do have to ‘save myself’ which can feel challenging and good at times but mostly just overwhelming and stressful. Reading scripture today, reminds me that God saves us when “our belly clings to the ground” and “our soul is bowed down to the dust.”

The prodigal son was literally in a pig pen among all the filth and waste and desperately needed help. A father’s incredible, unending love saved him when he was at his lowest point. Jesus tells us these stories to remind us that he loves us and so desperately wants to save us, to find us, and to know us.

I have most definitely felt a little lost over the past few months, trying to keep my head above water at work. Reading this scripture reminds me of the good news that Jesus is here and He saves, not by my own work, but by his eternal love, grace and mercy.

Praise be to God! Lord, we await your return, knowing and rejoicing in your incredible love for us. 


I am an auditor by day and by night and in the between times, I hang out with my sweet husband who does my laundry, cooks my food and loves me so well.