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Weekly Devotionals

Weekly Devotion: Stay Engaged

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

As the world continues to worry about the spread of the COVID-19 virus among other existing worries such as climate change, government corruption, economic stability, etc. the Bible tells us – commands us – to focus on Truth that is beyond what we see. Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. We worry because of what is unknown to us and the lack of control we have against potential harm and too often we forget about our God to whom nothing is unknown. Today, at Sunday service, the children’s worship team boldly led the congregation during family worship singing, “unknown to us, but known to Him,” and urged our community to look to God for wisdom and direction during this troubled time. 

This does not mean we should be disengaged from what is happening around us and blindly think God will protect us even though we make irresponsible choices. Not at all. It is quite the opposite. During challenging times, God calls us to make ourselves aware of what is hurting our community and do our best to help others rather than be paralyzed in fear.  We need to challenge ourselves to stay engaged and to stay open to learning about hard realities without losing hope. With hope, we are able to continue to help others. Without it, we remain anxious, debilitated, and even discriminating. All of us have an obligation to help and support one another and our community. This is how we were created to be! So let us pray that as a community we are reminding each other that God is with us and He will show us the way to relief. In the most challenging times, the Spirit is all the more faithful to guide us and bring wisdom, courage, and peace. 

Have a great week in Christ!
with love,
P. Judy