Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Genesis 49:1-28
Morning Psalms: Psalms 89:1-18
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1
Gospel: Mark 7:24-37
Evening Psalms: Psalms 89:19-52

DEVOTIONAL


“No one should seek their own good, but the good of others”
1 Corinthians 10:23-24

Thank God for spring. What a wonderful gift. The welcome warmth of the sun, the music of song birds, and the blossoms of fruit trees are just some examples of God’s grace towards us. It is a time of change, of new growth, of looking forward and not behind. For Margot and me, this spring brings the excitement and chaos of relocating to Florida after 15 years.

As a self-proclaimed “control freak” who has spent his career and life protecting himself from the risks of the future by planning in the present, I continue to fret and worry. Yet, Margot remains relaxed and content in the knowledge that IT IS IN THE LORD’S HANDS and NOT in MINE. So, I have learned that my own protection does not come from my planning and worrying but from the grace of God and the love of his faithful believers like Margot and you, the family of St. Matthews.

Retirement has provided me with the opportunity to refocus many aspects of my life. I thank God that he placed me in St. Matthew’s to assist in that important task. While I was slow to get involved, the last few years have changed me for the better. My faith is stronger and deeper. I learned that I had to engage others in order to seek the good in them. Fr. Rob’s teachings on how to live a God-centered and relationship-based life style have changed me forever. The Saturday morning Men’s group has also played a major role in my enlightenment. I cannot thank them enough for showing me what Christian love looks like.

While the future is uncertain, I know it is secure because God, and his servant Margot, are there to take care of me.

I pray that St. Matthews will continue to grow and prosper. I also pray that God will lead me to another faithful community where my search for His presence (the good in others) will continue.
JD


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