Daily Devotions are published Tuesday-Saturday during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NRSV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
1 John 1:7 (NRSV)
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
And I will walk among you, and will be your God and you shall be my people.
And Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
If we are physically able, we spend a lot of time in our lives walking, whether for pleasure, to go to work, walking from the car to the store, walking our dog and perhaps walking down the aisle to get married.
Jesus did a lot of walking. And people followed him.
Our pastors speak of our journey of faith. Our journey allows us to walk where we hope God wants us to go and He leads us to where our talents lie, whether in being a care giver for the elderly, driving a school bus, serving coffee with a smile at the McLean Family Restaurant, being a stay at home mom, or serving us as pastor at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church.
In our walking through life we often see people and situations that are different than what we experience in our comfort zones and it is easy to criticize and be judgmental. We have a neighbor whose house and yard appear very poorly maintained. He blows all of his leaves and grass into the street and all of the brush from his trees is piled up in the front yard. His shades are always drawn and the house looks very gloomy. I’ve been told that his wife suffers from depression. Shame on me for being judgmental. I haven’t walked in his shoes.
There are many hymns about walking with God and Jesus:
Just a Closer Walk with Thee – Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, Let it be.
And In the Garden –
I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses,
And he walks with me and he talks to me
And he tells me I am his own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.
Our country is in a state of disarray where it has never been. People are ill, out of work; they’ve lost their jobs and businesses and are fearful of the future. We pray that they will remember that God is walking along side of them, working in the midst of their storms.
There are so many unknowns now, and our leaders, whether local, state or national, are challenged by which path to take. We pray for them as they have to make decisions. We have not walked in their shoes.
God is as near to us as our next breath, giving us love, courage, and hope with every step we take.
In the spirit of this moment, help us to all walk together. As Pastor Scott told us on Sunday, whatever happens in the future, we are not alone. You are with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.