With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33)
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us – we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-3)
The two lectionary readings for this Sunday have caused me to ponder about my witness and testimony to God’s activity in my life. These texts challenge me to share my “God moments” – as my witness and testimony to the mighty movements of God. Here are a few God moments from this past week:
- I received a phone call asking me how I am doing as a person – just checking in with me knowing that there are a lot of personal and professional stressors, i.e., children graduating, adult children moving, Joel’s re-appointment, as well as all the DS responsibilities in the district and at the cabinet level. This call reminded me that we walk together in Christ and build each other up. I felt empowered knowing others were praying for me.
- In the North West District Clergy meeting’s time of sharing joys and concerns, I felt God’s touch on my heart as our group freely shared – knowing that we would pray for each other and those we named in need of prayer.
- A couple of months ago, I met virtually with someone and I knew this person needed me to stop with my agenda, and just pray. This past week, I was told that in that very prayer God provided the person with what was needed and a way forward.
- I reached out to a conference staff person for help in figuring out a scheduling problem. Within an hour, she was able to show me the “how to” and we solved the problem.
- The rainy, cloudy days have made me feel somewhat “soggy.” As I moved through these days, God gave me laughter, joy, and true happiness in my interactions with others.
- My daily Scripture and reflection time have grounded me in God’s Word. I am more fully myself when I have taken time to read Scripture, reflect and pray.
This devotion is meant to prompt each of us take the time to:
- Seek: how is it with my soul?
- Ask: Where have I encountered God today?
- Give thanks to God.
- Share how God has been active in your life.
My simple prayer is, “God use each of us to be the invitation for a closer walk with You. In Christ’s holy name. Amen.”