2020.10.29 Daily Devotional

The Upper Room[1] devotional reflection for Thursday, October 29, 2020 comes to us from Carolyn Ellis of Tennessee

1 Peter 5:6-11    6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Sherry and I have been lifelong friends even when hundreds of miles separated us.  When I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and told that my uncertain future would be filled with months of chemotherapy and radiation, I was overwhelmed with anxiety and fear.  My prayers seemed to go unheard.

Then I received a card from Sherry.  Inside she had written, “1 Peter 5”.  I quickly turned to my Bible.  I scanned the passage searching for some solace or direction.  When I read verse 20, I felt Sherry’s note was God’s answer to my prayers.  The scripture passage reminded me that God loved me and in time would once again use me for God’s glory.

A few months later Sherry suffered a debilitating stroke.  Now it was my turn to offer support and encouragement.  I sent her 1 Peter 5!  In the following months, Sherry and I have thanked God for our long friendship and the encouragement we give each other by sharing comforting words and our favorite Bible verses.  Just when we need God most, faithful friends can help reconnect us to God.

Prayer Focus:  Those with Life-Changing Illnesses

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for your word that we can share and use to encourage each other.  Help us to use our suffering for your glory.  Amen.

Thought for the Day:  I can offer God’s encouraging word to others during challenging times.

Carolyn Ellis

Friends –

Which passages of Holy Scripture bring you comfort?  What about those passages is comforting to you?  I invite you to share them with those around you, especially those who might benefit from some comforting encouragement.

–Pastor bea

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