Coronavirus – Day Eight – Devotion
Stay Calm…Wash Your Hands…
Practice Six Feet of Social Distancing…
Check on a Friend or Neighbor by Phone…
Call Someone to Tell Them That You Love Them…
Mail Your Offering into the Chapel…
Stay Home…Think Positive Thoughts…Pray
When my arms can’t reach people who are close to my heart…
I always hug them with my prayers.
The words of Snoopy
The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.”
Our scripture tells us that Peter had been imprisoned by Herod and was, “bound with two chains…sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison.” Nevertheless, Peter escapes from prison with the miraculous help of an angel sent by God who tells him to get up, get dressed, and get going. For Peter, God made a way for his vital ministry to continue through an angel and I believe that God will do the same for all of us through angels in countless guises that tell us to get up, get dressed, and get going.
I believe this because thirty years ago God was calling me to the ministry, but I felt trapped. I felt imprisoned by life’s circumstances…a dental practice to run, loans to repay, kids to educate…how would it be possible for me to keep all that afloat and at the same time, return to school? Then three angels appeared. One was named Dudley (not the one in the movie, The Preacher’s Wife) who stoked the fire in my soul, the second was the Presbyterian Church that developed a new school that allowed me to be educated while still working full-time, and the third was Julie who loved me and threw her full support behind my dreams.
Perhaps, today, we all feel a bit imprisoned by staying at home and socially distancing ourselves from friends and extended family. The challenge for us is to continue to trust in God’s promises that God will find a way for us while we are chained to our current circumstances and imprisoned by forces not under our control. I want to assure you today that God keeps God’s promises and often through unexpected angels who work in surprising ways. And, when all of this is over, together, we will most assuredly get up, get dressed, and get going to serve this community by preaching, teaching, and living the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, be on the lookout for an angel or two or three…even the ones who look like a “Dudley!” You just never know when one is going to surprise you.
A Time of Meditation:
In silence reflect on a time when God made a way for you when you thought there was absolutely no way? What ministry of the Chapel might give you an opportunity to be an surprising angel to someone else? Picture yourself taking on that ministry and the difference your involvement might mean to others. Is there someone that you might share an encouragement with today so that they would feel free to spiritually and emotionally get up, get dressed, and get going with God?
Dear God, you make a way for the ministry that you call us to do. Encourage us when we falter. Comfort us when we are afraid. Bolster us when we lose confidence in your promises. Help us to be people like Peter, who are ready to get up, get dressed, and get going. And, when we delay, send us your angels to free us to be the people you would have us to be. Amen.
Tamara shares this song with you where Chris Tomlin sings that our chains are gone and no longer hold us imprisoned because of the amazing grace of God: