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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.

The picture to the right is of a Celtic Chapel located in Cornwall England. This building is approximately 1700 years old, and contains a holy well known for its healing powers.

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A WORD FOR TODAY, January 14, 2019

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[g] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:26-28, WEB

This snippet appeared in Reader’s Digest, “Jerry Parr, a Secret Service agent who helped save President Ronald Reagan’s life during a 1981 assassination attempt, was inspired to join the Secret Service after seeing the movie ‘Code of the Secret Service.’ The film’s star? Ronald Reagan.” The thread of God’s grace is woven intricately throughout lives, often in ways we do not realize until long after they happen. That thread for Ronald Reagan may have been lifesaving.

I am reading Philip Yancey’s book on prayer. Throughout the book, Philip has included sidebars of stories and testimonies about prayer in people’s lives. Some of those people are celebrities, but many are people that Philip has met along his journey of faith. He lists only the person’s first name, so you don’t know which is which or who is who. I was reading one of those sidebars, a testimony from a man named John. He began a homeless ministry, a coffeehouse, in a big city which led to the organization of Sunday morning worship for those who are involved in the ministry. As I read this story, and the things John learned about prayer from his work with the homeless, I realized I was reading the words of my cousin John. It was his story. I may not have even realized it if I had not visited that ministry and attended that Sunday morning worship. I am sure I would not have known it was John if I had not heard him preach. I was able to appreciate his thoughts on prayer even more because I had seen his experience with my own eyes.

We often say it is a small world; I’m sure everyone has one of those stories. We were living in England, attending the chapel on the Air Force Base where my husband was stationed. We usually went out to breakfast after the service with others with whom we worshiped. One Sunday the breakfast club was very small, just one friend, my kids and myself. Our friend was telling us about an upcoming trip. She was headed to the area of Pennsylvania where we grew up to do a little family research. She knew her ancestors came from there and she wanted to go see cemeteries to make heritage connections. Intrigued, I asked what name she was following. She said, “Hoppes.” Now, understand, we knew each other by name, but never really got to know last names. I answered, “Carolyn, we are from the Hoppes family.” As it turns out, she is from a group of Hoppes family that moved to Indiana a long time ago, but we have a common relative from back in the 18th century.

Years later, we were attending a church in Little Rock and one day a young woman approached me at worship. “Are you Peggy?” I answered yes. She said, “My mom is Carolyn.” She knew from her mom that we attended a church in that city, but it was by accident or rather ‘Godincidence’ that she walked into ours. Our connection so many years before gave the young woman a connection in a strange city during a time of transition in her life.

Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite texts because it reminds me how much God is in control of the world in which we live. His grace is woven so intricately throughout our lives that we may do something or meet someone today that will have an impact in a day, a year or even decades later. In some cases, the impact is seemingly insignificant, but at other times it might just be lifesaving. Sometimes we do not even know the impact those experiences have on others or ourselves, yet sometimes God gives us a glimpse so that we know that He will make everything work out for the good of those who love Him.

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A WORD FOR TODAY, January 11, 2019

“Finally, be all like-minded, compassionate, loving as brothers, tender hearted, courteous, not rendering evil for evil, or insult for insult; but instead blessing; knowing that to this were you called, that you may inherit a blessing. For, ‘He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears open to their prayer; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’” 1 Peter 3:8-12, WEB

From the diary of Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg was a German Lutheran missionary and leader of the church that was being established in Pennsylvania in the eighteenth century. In one of his diary excerpts, Muhlenberg talked about a conversation he had with another missionary named Alexander Murray. Murray was disappointed because talks between different church bodies, the English and German churches, were not going well. Murray thought it was an ideal time for cooperation and for the welfare of the church so that German Lutherans could be educated in the English academies and prepared to serve. He was concerned that if there were not enough leaders, then the people would turn away from the Church and Christ. Muhlenberg understood his concerns wrote this in his diary: “I said {to Alexander} that one could travel from one pole to another in a few minutes on a map, but in practice things went much more slowly and laboriously. It is something fondly to be hoped for that all the walls of partition made by human hands may be done away and Christ be all in all.”

I think there is a lot of wisdom in this statement for us today. We want every issue to be solved today. In some cases, it is vital that the issues be solved immediately because people’s lives are at stake. Unfortunately, nothing happens quickly, particularly when it comes to politics. I mean politics, which is the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group, both in the secular world and in the religious world, because no matter how much we wish differently, politics rears its ugly head in every aspect of our life. And we all know how slowly things work when politics are involved! Anyone who has served on a call committee for a church will tell you that it can take two to three years to finally select the one who will serve as pastor.

We are human beings, we see the world through our own opinions and biases. Unfortunately, that means we will disagree with our neighbors. We don’t know why the churches in the late eighteenth century were having a problem with agreeing to work together, but we do know the same thing happens still today. And while many will say that the Protestant Reformation is at fault for the division in the Church today, we need to remember that Peter and Paul had disagreements when they were working at organizing the Church two thousand years ago.

We will get frustrated because the Church is filled with fallible human beings. However, we can trust that God is working in the lives of all Christians. We will disagree, but Peter writes that a blessed life comes from being Christ-like, even when the circumstances in our life seem overwhelming. When we face opposition, we should not try so hard to make things happen according to our timeline. When we do so, we lose sight of the One from whom we receive the greatest blessings. God knows what He is doing and He will accomplish His will despite our human failings. Meanwhile, living the Christ-like life will help us to take time to think about our response to the things that happen around us, to keep us from overreacting and causing harm to ourselves and others. In Christ we will be blessed.

The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.

The Birth of our Saviour

The Story of our Saviour's Passion

The Crucifixion, a fictional perspective

When researching, I use several versions of the bible, including the New International Version and English Standard Version. Due to copyright restrictions, I have not included quotes for the scriptures on some of the archives, but highly encourage you to open your own bibles to read the scripture passages for yourselves. Where scripture is quoted, it is usually the American Standard Version or World English Bible which belong to the public domain. Any other versions used in quotes are identified.

The devotion posted on Wednesday is based on the Lectionary texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The Lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text and follows the church calendar. Archives for these writings are found at Midweek Oasis.

You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes