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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, September 24, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Some people say they cannot be hospitable because their homes are not large enough or nice enough. But even if you have no more than a table and two chairs in a rented room, there are people who would be grateful to spend time in your home. Are there visitors to your church with whom you could share a meal? Do you know single people who would enjoy an evening of conversation? Is there any way your home could meet the needs of traveling missionaries? Hospitality simply means making other people feel comfortable and at home.
We become content when we realize God’s sufficiency for our needs. Christians who become materialistic are saying by their actions that God can’t take care of them–or at least that he won’t take care of them the way they want. Insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we are rich or poor. The only antidote is to trust God to meet all our needs. (NLT)
Hebrews 13:1-6 – Continue to love each other with true Christian love. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Don’t forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.
Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.
Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” That is why we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. — Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
Beth A. Palm (Illinois) titled her story “A COMFORTING COMPANION;” here is Beth’s story:
“My daughter suffered a concussion and needed me to care for her at home for two months. In the middle of the seemingly endless days and nights of caring for her, God helped me learn about the spiritual gift of caregiving: Caregiving is not for the fainthearted; it means being fully present to the one who needs us. A focused heart discerns subtle needs. The care receiver may experience fear, pain, boredom, or a combination of all the above. The presence of a loving caregiver can make long hours easier for the patient to endure.
“The road of caregiving is bone-weary tiring at times. I know that it was for me. But God sustained me and enabled me to be part of God’s healing for my daughter. My role gave me a new appreciation for he many caregivers who are signs of God’s promise: ‘[I] will never leave you nor forsake you.’ Whenever we reach out to those who are hurting, we are offering assurance of God’s promise.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Caregiving is a gift from God.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for being our comforting companion. Sustain each of us with the knowledge of your presence. Amen.
Prayer Focus: HOSPICE WORKERS
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