Devotion and Readings for June 9-11

Thanksgiving Table

 

Bible Readings and Devotion for June 9-11, 2020

 

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible:

 

June 9

John 19:25-37

1 John 5:1-13

Psalms 95-98

1 Samuel 8

 

June 10

John 19:38-42

Acts 4:13-22

Psalms 99-102   

1 Samuel 9

 

June 11

Mark 1:1-18

Acts 4:32-27; 9:26-31; 11:19-26

Psalms 103-104

1 Samuel 10

 

Devotion for June 9-11, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

 

In my teen years I made a connection with Psalm 100.  In our youth group we would sing a song based on this psalm.  I asked about it one day, and one of the young adult leaders told me it was based on Psalm 100.  Here is a video of person singing that exact song.

https://youtu.be/cYANPc6_1uw

It is a psalm of thanksgiving.  In fact, many printings of Bibles will include the text note that this is “A Psalm of thanksgiving.”   Prayers and actions of thanksgiving are foundational to our spiritual life.

Some years ago, I read an article about a young man who had struggled with his faith for many years.  At some points he considered himself an atheist.  As the Lord opened him up more about faith in God, he found that there was a powerful avenue for him.  He found that simple prayers of thanksgiving were that avenue.  Even when he could not pray about anything else, he could say a brief prayer of thanks to the Lord for something in his life.  It could have been his food, or any other provision.  His awareness of God and God’s provision of his needs was what led him back to Jesus.

For us, no matter where we are in life, we can give thanks in some way.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we read, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  Today is a day to give thanks for something.  Today is a day to reconnect with the loving Lord of life who has given himself for you.

As you enter this new day, find at least one thing for which you can give thanks.  Then the next day, find at least two things to include in your prayers of thanksgiving.  As each day goes by consider finding 5 of more things to include in your prayers of thanksgiving. After a week or two or three, look back on your life in these times. I expect that you will see some positive transformation in your attitude and way of living.  Gratitude is good for us.  It is good for our relationship with God and with one another.

 

Prayer

O God, we thank you for times of refreshment and peace in the course of this busy life. Grant that we may so use our leisure for the renewal of our bodies and minds that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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