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Devotions in Quarantine

Devotions and Encouragement, August 10, 2020

Weekly Theme from Sundays’s Text:  “No Fear Here!”

Thought 

 There’s a thought that God made the world, wound it up, like a clock—and then left it to itself.  There’s other thought, of course, that God isn’t even a contender in life.  And still others say something like God is around, but watches us impassively, from a distance. 

That’s not the witness of  Scripture.  God is near. The word is right beside us, within the movement of our hearts, and the breath of our words. 

Even when we can’t see that word.  Even when we can’t feel it.  The word of God—Jesus- is near.

Quote

“I am sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God.”

-Meister Eckhart

Question 

Where and how do you sense God is near today?

For Children

Play a game of hide and seek.  Hug your children when you find them. Ask how it feels to be near.  God never hides from us!

Prayer 

I need thy presence ev’ry passing hour;

      what but thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?

      Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?

      Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me.

Question 

Devotions and Encouragement, August 11, 2020

Weekly Theme from Sundays’s Text:  “No Fear Here!”

Thought

When the word “evangelism,” or “witness” come to the fore, most of us shy away- sometimes a lot.  Maybe we think we’re not equipped for it, or up to it, or ready for it.  Maybe we’re a bit frightened of it, or wonder how to do it in our world.

Scripture makes this clear:  The witness we provide to Christ, however it comes, trained or untrained, a bit scared or fully confident, is “beautiful.”

Quote

Lutherans are a sleeping giant. Were they to wake up to their own theology, they would change the world.”

-Billy Graham

Question;

How might someone receive the gift of beauty from your witness to Jesus’ love today?

For Children;

Ask your children how they have seen love today.  Jesus is there!  What’s one way they can share his love today?

Prayer

Almighty God, your Holy Spirit equips the church with a rich variety of gifts. Grant that we may use them to bear witness to Christ in lives that are built on faith and love. Make us ready to live the gospel and eager to do your will, so that we may share with all people the joy of the life given in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen

Devotions and Encouragement, August 12, 2020

Weekly Theme from Sundays’s Text:  “No Fear Here!”

25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:25-27)

Thought

“Take Heart!” Jesus says.  An incredible word.  Fear takes just that out of us—heart.  Courage falters.  Hearts grow stone cold, or bitter.  Anxiety closes of calm, and breath.  “Take Heart,” Jesus says.  “It is I.”  The storm is not without power.  The storm is something to fear.  But there is One who is greater: the one of whom we sing with Alleluias. The One who has risen from the dead. There’s our courage!  There’s or heart.

Quote

“God is a God of Promise, Not Bargains”

-Anon

Question

What is your greatest fear today? How is Christ calling you to release it to his trust?

For Children

Ask your children what they might be afraid of. Share with them that Jesus tells us that he’s with us in everything we are afraid of.  No fear can outdo his love!

Prayer

We pray, O God, for your whole church throughout the world. Give courage and trust to hear Jesus calling,: “Take heart, it is I: do not be afraid.” Amen

Devotions and Encouragement, August 13, 2020

Weekly Theme from Sundays’s Text:  “No Fear Here!”

So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him . . . .”  (Matthew 14:31)

Thought

No kidding, Peter got “frightened.”  Who wouldn’t be, in the midst of powerful wind over water?  But he knew there was one he could turn to, even as he sunk in both body and trust. And there it was: “Jesus immediately reached out his hand.”

Jesus—God made flesh. The Universe isn’t empty space.  It is filled with the love of the one “reached out his hand” to catch Peter, who both trusted that—and didn’t.

Quote

Fall. Pray. Stand. Repeat.  But Don’t Give Up.

-Anon

Question

Where do you need to be “caught” today? 

For Children

Play a game of tag with your children.  Jesus catches us when we fall- and stays with us even when we want to run away from him.

Prayer

We give you thanks, O God, that in Jesus, nothing can separate us from your love.  We are evermore caught in and through it.  Amen