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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, April 4, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
[Jesus said] “Look at the birds. . . . your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are for more valuable to him than birds [they are].” –Matthew 6:26 (NLT)
Matthew 6:25-34 – [Jesus said] “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.
“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!
“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Quoted verse: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? –Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
“Story” – Karen Gower Woodard (North Carolina, USA) titled her story “BIRDSONG;” here is a portion of Karen’s story:
“In 2014, my son was in the hospital for an extended period. It was wintertime, and the coldness and dreariness of the season seemed magnified by our circumstance and surroundings. But at the bleak hospital, a small alcove in an open courtyard gave me great peace. . . . But the greatest thing about this spot was the birdsong that echoed within the hospital walls. That small garden was full of life and nature’s music.
“Each day I would push my son’s wheelchair on our walks and stop in that spot. For a few moments, we could forget about problems and just enjoy the natural beauty, watch the playful birds, and listen to their beautiful songs. I often think back on that garden because it provided us a peaceful setting in a difficult season and always brought to my mind the words from today’s reading. It reminded me that God cares for the birds – and even more for us.
“We do not go through life’s struggles alone. God’s love and care go with us always – and along with those blessings, a peace that ‘surpasses all understanding’ (Phil. 4:7, NRSV).”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God cares for us more than the birds of the sky.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your love and care. Thank you for healing, and thank you for your peace. Amen.
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