Monday April 27 2015

130801-dailydevovisuals

A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: Our Presbyterian Women, as they gather for the Women of Faith luncheon to celebrate a year of fellowship and faith.

Scripture: Colossians 1:1-14
Colossians 1:9-12

For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Reflection: This is my last devotional as pastor of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.  That’s sad.  I know God leads us into new things and that means we have to let go of old things, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier.  Catherine and I leave Myers Park with a tremendous amount of grief because there has been a tremendous amount of love!  And though I will no longer be your pastor, we will always be your friends.

This verse from Colossians just happens to be the one assigned for today’s devotions.  (What a coincidence!)  It’s very fitting that my last devotional be a note of thanks and also a commitment to remain with you in prayer and appreciation for your ministry and for what you have contributed to me.  So I offer words of Scripture as a blessing with much gratitude: For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Col.1:9-12)

We love you and we will always be praying for you.  Words cannot express our gratitude.  To God be the glory.  Amen.

Prayer: Lord we thank you for the relationship we have shared as pastor and congregation.  We thank you for what you have accomplished through our church family over the years.  We pray that you will continually guide and lead both of us in our future ministries and keep us in your will and purpose.  We thank you for blessing, keeping and watching over us.  We offer all that has been accomplished and all that is yet to come in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord!  Amen.

Author: Steve Eason

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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