03-17-2021 Mid-Week Devotion “The Holy Spirit”

Mid Week Devotion 03/17/2021 “The Holy Spirit”


GREETING

Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on when you are watching this March 17 mid-week devotion. I want to extend a greeting to those of who are joining in today, however you found us, welcome! My name is Pastor Mel, I trust you find this space comforting, refreshing and safe as we continue to journey through life together.

Let us share in our Lenten Prayer

Jesus, bless what you have given,

Help our appreciation of all that we have received.

Feed our souls again on this day with bread from heaven.

We invite to be within our hands, and mouths and hearts.

Guide and lead us on our Lenten journey. Amen

Now, Lord, be with us as we pray the words which you have given to us;

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever. Amen.

SCRIPTURE – Romans 8:26-27

The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

May God add a blessing to the reading and hearing of the Word.

DEVOTION: “The Holy Spirit”

I recorded my first Mid-Week Update and Devotion on March 18, 2020. I began this ministry as a way to help us stay connected during quarantine. I never dreamed I would still be writing these a year later, but here we are.

Today is an anniversary, I will refrain from saying ‘happy,’ for these have been far from a happy 12 months. Perhaps any happiness comes from the thought that we are hopefully getting close to the end of this nightmare.

During the past 12 months I attempted to keep you uplifted through these dark days. To do that, I leaned on the power of the Holy Spirit to keep myself thinking positively.  I know we are not out of the woods yet, but we are getting closer to returning to pre-covid life.

Part of that return means we are worshipping together in the sanctuary and sharing updates and joys and concerns in that setting. As for the Mid-Week Devotion, I will no longer be including those elements which we share in person. For those of you who receive a hard copy, the office will still be sending out the Sunday Service.

You may know this about me by now, but one of my mantras is to stop looking back and focus on tomorrow. With that in mind, I will be spending my time providing thought provoking devotions and perhaps expanding this communication into something new.

Other than the changes to the joys and concerns and announcements, I haven’t determined anything yet. I would like to hear from you on what direction you would like to see this form of communication take in the future. I want this time we share together to be beneficial for our spiritual growth through God’s Holy Spirit.

Speaking of the Holy Spirit of God, I had a good reminder last week of how God watches over us. I received an email from my bank telling me that they had noticed some peculiar activity on my debit card and I should call immediately. At first I was skeptical that it was even my bank, but the phone number checked out, so I called them.

Someone got my card number and they were attempting to spend $1,100.00 on a couple of online gambling websites. Since I have no track record of online gambling, my bank thought these charges were not generated by me. They were right and my card was canceled.

It has since been replaced and I now have an RFID protective wallet to prevent further electronic pick pocketing. I may never know who stole my number, nor will I ever know if they get caught. The part of this story that makes me think of the Holy Spirit of God is that somebody was watching over me.

While I was blindly under attack, there was someone watching over me. You and I can go through life in much the same way; oblivious to the attacks we are constantly under. We are so comfortable living in the darkness that we get consumed by it without knowing how dark it is all around us.

The Holy Spirit provides the light that helps us get out from under. In order to fully appreciate this light we must be vigilant. I would have found the illegitimate withdrawals in my bank account eventually. How much more damage would have been done before I found out, I can’t say? Thankfully, my bank is going the extra mile to help me get this mess straightened out. It’s good to have help.

As we continue to journey through Lent, let’s remember how much we are fooled by the tricks and lies of this world and how much more God is watching over us and protecting us, even when we are unaware. I invite you to keep praying for God’s blessing shown to us through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit works to help us. I can’t imagine how many times the Spirit has interceded for us with us not even being aware? Be thankful for the interceding of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is aware of us in every moment of every day. The Spirit knows our challenges and our moments of trial.

Will you take a moment today to stop and think of the Holy Spirit being present with you and take comfort from this amazing, beautiful knowledge?

May God’s peace be with you until we meet again, stay safe and God bless.

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