Think about the places and encounters you have had this week - have you noticed God's presence? As you go about your day today, may you open yourselves up to God's presence and not be caught saying "God was here, but I didn't know it."
Today Pastor Kayla offers a reflection on Matthew 14:11-33, specifically verse 27 - Be encouraged. It's me. Don't be afraid." Great words for this time of COVID as we prepare our young people to go back to school, as we continue to face so many unknowns. Be encouraged, remember that Jesus is with us and comes to us in our storms of life!
In Romans 15:14-15, Paul writes to the church in Rome, to a church that was amidst division on a number of theological issues that there is good in each of them. In reflecting on the divisions that exist in our world, how are we seeing the good in others, Christ in us in the times when we disagree?
Pastor Kayla invites you to join in the Spiritual Practice of Lectio Divina today for our devotional on Mark 1:14-20.
Today Pastor Kayla offers a reading from a lament psalm, Psalm 13. Is it ok to express our feelings to God about our situations? Can we ask "How long O Lord?" We move forward in hope knowing our connection with God is strengthened when we are able to be fully present with all of our emotions before God. God will not abandon us. God already knows our hurts and our pains, so there is no need to hide before our Creator. In fact, our relationship might be able to be lived in more holistically by embracing our fully human emotions and offering them to God as a prayer of lament, a prayer of pain and suffering.
Pastor Sari is taking a much deserved break this week so while she gets her rest Pastor Kayla has agreed to provide today's devotion. We know you will be gracious in welcoming her back.
Of today's devotion she writes:
A little camp throwback - Fruit of the Spirit, macarena style today! Today's devotional includes a reminder from Paul on the ways which we can live - of the Spirit or in a selfish nature. Take a closer look at Galatians 5:16-26 with me! As you draw near to God in this time of social distancing, may you live into the Fruit of the Spirit and share them with one another!