Distanced Socializing Devotional- 5
Titus 3:4-8 When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
During this time of crisis and uncertainty in our world, I am most grateful for God’s love for all of us. It is also a great time for us to stop every day and thank God for our many blessings. Uplifting are the many stories we hear about kindness to others as we are impacted by the Corona virus. There is the restaurant customer, who left a $2,500.00 tip to the owners of a restaurant because he knew they were struggling just to keep in business; the two (2) young children in Ohio who played their musical instruments for their elderly neighbor because she was housebound and they knew she loved music. They played on her front porch using social distancing and she loved their mini concert. A coffee shop in Dallas is hiring young people, who have aged out of the foster care system, giving them hope for the future. All of these are examples of God’s love in the world.
One of the things I am especially grateful for this week is that since our church circle could not meet in person, we were paired up with a partner and asked to contact this person at our normal meeting time, 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. We were given a scripture to share and then spent the rest of our time sharing stories about each other. My partner and I spent forty (40) minutes sharing the word of God and getting to know each other a little better. Again, God’s love at work. Thanks to our circle leader for such a meaningful experience.
“Scatter thus your seeds of kindness. All enriching as you go – leave them.
Trust the Harvest Giver; He will make each seed to grow. “ Anonymous
Dear God, we thank you for all your goodness and loving kindness. Make us aware of all your gifts that we may truly appreciate them and you. Help us to praise you through our service, love and kindness to others. Amen
- Reflection and prayer by Sally Schneider, a Christ UMC Member and Volunteer