Devotional – Tuesday, March 31, 2020

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. -John 3:16

I was talking to God as I did my chores a few days ago – specifically, cleaning the laundry room area, wondering what I should write about for the devotional as a million thoughts swirled through my head. I had tried to sit down a few times to write about it, and nothing seemed to really fit what was in my heart.

I swept by the side of the washing machine next to the wall, and this pin (above) came out. I vaguely recalled Collin complaining last year that he’d lost his “crosses” pin. I thought, “Great, I’ll give it back to him. Now, what should I write about for the daily devotional?”

I continued cleaning and the thought occurred to me that maybe the pin was a message from God. But was it really? Or did I just finally clean a neglected area of a much-used room?

I finished the laundry room and moved to cleaning the desk area by the kitchen, and something fell off the desk and landed right on top of my foot. I picked it up, and it was the same trio of crosses, on a bookmark, with the scripture below it as well. I started laughing, because there was my answer. God knows me so well. He knew I’d need that extra sign – that confirmation – to pay attention.

Thank you, Jesus. Thank you for being here with all of us during this time, and always. Thank you for your sacrifice which brought us the promise of eternal life. Lord, I pray for our church, our family, friends, and everyone affected by this virus, as are all affected somehow – whether through worries about our physical or mental health, finances, the world as we know it. Please heal our hearts, minds and bodies so that we may be of greater service to one another in this time of need. Please give us joy, peace and hope as we continue to trust in you. Help us to look for, and pay attention to, the signs that you are here, with us, each day. Amen.

Offered by Ann Landry

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