Daily Devotions

Unintentional Gifts

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Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

This virus stinks, but there has been light in the midst of the pain. When families are not driving each other nuts, parents and kids are eating meals together and watching movies, playing games, and actually talking. This is one of those rare moments when families have the chance to get reacquainted without all the diversions. Take advantage of the opportunity.

Take this opportunity to sit down and eat at least one meal a day as a family. Pray before you eat and perhaps even share one story about your day before you dig in. Even in the worst times, there are opportunities for something better. Focusing on showing interest in those you are stuck in the house with is an unintentional gift.

Pray for opportunities to connect with those you are with in isolation. If you are home alone, get to know yourself. Most of us are uncomfortable with solitude. The only way to get comfortable in our own skin is to lose the distractions and be with yourself. For those with four or more in a house, solitude would be a gift. See your present aloneness as a gift and take advantage of it by getting comfortable in your own skin, alone with God. 

Today, prayerfully ponder your specific circumstances. Our daughter is late into her pregnancy, and my wife and I decided she needed to be with our daughter and family, providing babysitting and support when our daughter has son number two. It has forced me to get comfortable in my own skin again, spending time alone. Embrace where you are and allow God to make it a gift.

Glory Revealed

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I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)

The glory about to be revealed to us,” continues to happen. Every day I hear about people in the church calling others. The Deacons calling their care person, the Connections Committee reaching out to others, the prayers being shared for those in need. Caregivers within the congregation, and in the community, need to recognized as the heroes God called them to be. Doctors, nurses, aids, police, firefighters, grocery workers, and so many others. I turned on the television news last week and saw one of our members handing out free food from her restaurant. It brought a tear to my eye.

We need to be about praying. Not just prayers based on worry. While those are important, there are still more to offer. Today, offer Prayers of Thanksgiving for the heroes in our midst. We are each called to specific ministries. Ministry is so much more than the person talking in the pulpit. Ministry takes place in thousands of different ways. Whenever God calls someone, it becomes a ministry. A Firefighter is performing a ministry, giving her/his life to help others. That sounds awfully Christ-like to me. Medical professionals and others still working with the public need our affirmation and prayer.

Glory about to be revealed is expressed in the courage to be sheltering in isolation. Glory about to be revealed is expressed in the loving-care that calls a firefighter or a police officer, or a medical professional to put on a mask and gloves and say, “how can I help?” All of us are acting in a Christ-like manner when we do what is in the best interest of the larger community. Be a heroic minister. Do what God is calling you to do, and pray for others as they follow their call.

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