A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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Good morning! It’s February 16th and it’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News! I hope you all are staying warm with all that snow outside and you’re bundled up and cozy somewhere. I came and got in my cozy hanging basket chair today, it’s one of the great places in my house to nestle in. I thought today I would share with you two components. The first is a devotion for today specifically, that I think suits our specific circumstances. The second is our reading which comes from I Timothy 3:14-16. I think they go well together. Our reading from Timothy is one of the disputed letters of Paul. So it may have been written by Paul or it may have been written by one of Paul’s followers- that’s unclear- we don’t know. Wedoknow Paul wrote many letters from prison, or from other countries back to the churches to encourage them. We know that Paul also talked about a thorn in the flesh which he experienced- which might have been a physical limitation, it might have been sickness, we don’t know quite what that was. But we do know those components about Paul, the cited author of our Biblical text.
I’ll start with the devotion for today- this is written from the viewpoint as if God is talking to us directly.
Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in My Kingdom have been done from sick beds or prison cells. Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for My Way in the midst of these very circumstances. Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is living close to Me.
Quietness and trust enhance your awareness of my presence with you. Do not despise these simple ways of serving Me. Although you feel cut off from the activity of the world, your quiet trust makes a powerful statement in spiritual realms. My strength and power show themselves most effective in weakness.
And now from 1st Timothy…
I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth. Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great:
God was revealed in flesh,
vindicated in spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.
Here ends the reading.
I think all of that is a great encouragement to take advantage of these quiet moments. These moments when we’re snowed in, or due to the pandemic- in our homes- and to spend that time savoring the time with God. To enjoy God’s presence and to orient and ground ourselves in God, this living God, whom we serve, who is the pillar and bulwark of Truth. I think it’s really important to ground ourselves in that. Just like we often ground ourselves in the Creed during church services. To think about: what do we believe about this God? Where does God orient us? This living God who’s this pillar and bulwark of Truth. To have some conversation with God in the quietness and privacy of your own house… to ask God for God’s thoughts of: how God would call you to live as a beloved child of God, as Church? God knows you better than anybody. But rather than wishing this time away, to take a moment to savor it today. To savor the quiet and the “be still”. To ask God: how does God want to orient you, to live, and to act, and to behave- when you’re rejoined to the larger world around, and rejoined to life in our congregation, and life outside of your homes? To not wish this time away, but to remember God uses times of quiet, for God’s purposes. So to enjoy that and to orient around your God today. Have a great day everybody. Bye-bye.