Sunday, May 27, 2007

1 Corinthians 2:1-13

Why are some people willing to stand in harms way to protect the principles and freedoms for others?

I was hoping that since this weekend is Memorial Day that today’s reading would help answer this question or somehow help me reflect on and honor the memory of the men and women who have made this sacrifice. The reading doesn’t address this.

This Sunday is Pentecost – the day we remember when God poured out his Spirit on the followers of Jesus. I thought that perhaps today’s reading would address the challenges and rewards of walking in His Spirit daily. The reading doesn’t address this.

I had some expectations in preparing for this devotion, but these expectations have been unfulfilled. Unfulfilled expectations are something that we all must face and learn to deal with. Today’s reading does give us a word about expectations:

However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"
(1 Corinthians 2:9)

The Bible has many things to say about patriotism, altruism, remembering, honoring, sacrifice, devotion, passion, and dedication; but today, a day that we remember fallen soldiers; a day we remember and celebrate what could be called the inauguration of the Church – the word that I heard is that God has wonderful and glorious things prepared for those who know him and love him.

I don’t know how to tie all these thoughts up in a neat package but I hope that these thoughts would provoke you on this weekend of remembrance and celebration.

Alan Davenport

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