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Weekly Devotions August 7- 9, 2017

Posted on August 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm in .

St Luke’s weekly devotions are written by people just like you. These devotions draw authentic life experiences, scripture and sermon series material to offer inspiration throughout the week. Use these devotions to guide you in your spiritual journey.

Brothers and Sisters’ Keepers August 7, 2017

Read: Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:1-3 NIV

Think About: As an only child, I never had the joy or challenge of loving a sibling. I never had to share toys, or space, or parents. I also never had a confidante, a rival, or a co-burden bearer, and boy did I miss it! I loved to watch my cousins, a family of six kids, interact, and I still envy the loyalty they carry for one another. I watched them console each other and cheer for one another. I never had that until I joined the Christian community, and then I had hundreds of sisters and brothers.

I learned to share, to serve, to listen, to comfort, to provide, and to care for these people as if we had been born to the same parent. Then I realized we had been.

I think the most impactful a hah moment occurred when I had a conversation with two of my new church friends and realized how the world had hurt them. I could feel my anger rising, and I wanted to cast a cloak of protection over them. No more! I will not let you be hurt again! I knew I loved them as family members and would try everything I could to shield them from any more pain. That’s what family does. We keep on loving.

Pray: Father of us all, keep me loving all of my brothers and sisters in our family. Make love so tangible that we all can literally touch it in the halls of St. Luke’s, grab hold of it and carry it out to those we haven’t even met. Amen.

Respond: Look around, make eye contact, and send love in your expression without saying a word.

Come on in and Pull up a Chair August 9, 2017

Read: Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:1-3 NIV

Think About: The ancient Jews were gifted with hospitality. Abraham and Sarah hosted three strangers for dinner in their home. One of these guests was actually the Lord who told them of their coming pregnancy. Other Jews welcomed prophets and angels without being aware of it. It’s a practice modern Christians need to emulate.

In July, I had the privilege of hosting four students from the New Generation singers. Four girls and I sat around the table, enjoying conversation and a decent meal. I felt that I should at least share with them that my husband had passed away three years ago, on the day the St. Luke’s musical, Big Fish closed. One of the girls looked at me and pointed out that she was wearing a Big Fish shirt. Their school had done that musical last year. Then, another one burst into tears and told me that her mom had died of cancer last spring. What began as a casual meal turned into some serious ministry. A third girl told me she couldn’t figure out why God never spoke to her, so we embarked on a discussion of the variety of ways that God speaks, if we only ramp up our listening. The last one shared her desire to become a teacher, so we talked about how that is such a calling.

We became one another’s angels. We laughed a lot, cried a bunch, and knew we had shared precious moments. What a blessing, all because I said I could sleep four kids in my house!

Pray: Lord, never let us miss the opportunity of opening up, not just our homes, but our pews, our ministry teams, and our hearts. We don’t want to miss anything or leave an angel standing in the street. Amen

Respond: Go ahead, invite someone to sit with you, grab a cup of coffee, or share an adventure.


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