07.01.2020 Devotional

07.01.2020 Devotional

Drive Thru Celebration On Sunday, July 5th from 12:30 - 2:00 pm we will have a drive thru celebration in St. Andrew’s Parking Lot to celebrate Pastor Denise’s birthday.

Pastor Denise will be there to greet you (following COVID-19 restrictions, please stay in your car) and offer a wave and a smile. Pastor Denise will hand you your weekly Nexus, an Upper Room devotional (while supplies last & if you want one). If you want to hand her a birthday card that would make her day!  She will also be collecting Food Bank donations in honor of her birthday, so if you have anything extra in your pantry bring it by and we will get it to the Food Bank.

By doing this we are hoping to see your smiling face and assure you we are still here and we will be together soon!

Greeting Friends,

When two blind men sitting along the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, "Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!"…Jesus stopped in his tracks and called to them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. "Lord, we want to see," they replied. - Matthew 20

Even as a child, I never believed in the idea of God as the great gift-giver or some kind of fairy godmother.  I guess that I have always been pretty pragmatic.  I learned pretty early that knowing Jesus doesn’t make a person immune to loneliness, addiction, financial problems, depression, and on and on.  In church we learned that God gives us what God thinks that we need and what God wants us to have.

But that doesn’t mean that we don’t pray for what we want either for ourselves and others.  Though hopefully, our relationship with God is more than us asking and expecting to receive.  We desire that our prayer lives are centered on more than just our own needs and desires.

Two blind men knew Jesus was walking past, and they called out to Jesus to help them. Jesus asks them a question that may seem oddly obvious: "What do you want me to do for you?"

"We want to see," they tell him. And, hearing that, Jesus gives them the healing they desire.

Sometimes, I need God's healing and love, but I don't know exactly how to ask, even if I ask in prayer. "God, please help me," is a good enough prayer. But it's not necessarily the prayer of someone who is ready to work with God for their own healing.

When things in our lives are hardest, sometimes it’s a sign that we need to take that first step towards healing. In those moments our prayers should be less about "God, fix it now" and more about "God, help me to understand what you want for me."  Over the years, my favorite prayer has become, God, thy will be done.

The good news is that when we get clear about that prayer, we might just find that God has been standing by, ready to give us just the answer we need.

Prayer

God, help me to figure out what I need, and hear my prayer when I am bold enough to ask for it. In the meantime God, thy will be done.  Amen.

Blessings, Pastor Denise

Prayer Request Update:

(Update from Bob Todd from Tuesday evening 6/30/2020)

Today shows a little progress, again, but too slow for us. She is less dizzy when she sits up or gets up with assistance. She has had a problem with her sodium being too low for years. In the past day it went very low. now it is a balancing act. If it is too low it can make her concussion syndrome worse but if corrected to fast it can cause a worsening of her injury. The blood pressure is under control. BM's OK despite laying in bed and a hospital diet with fluid restriction. It looks like she will be transferred to a rehabilitation hospital tomorrow or Thursday. Thanks to all for the prayer's.

Bob

 
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