I began submitting meditations to The Upper Room when I first retired, which was more than three years ago and prior to the pandemic (I still work part-time, but that is a story for another post). I have continued to write and submit meditations because I have found it to be one of the ways I can connect to God. For me, writing meditations is a means of Bible study. I wrote the spoonula meditation in August of 2020, while we were in the midst of the COVID-19 case spikes and shut-downs. Our church had gone to online services, our small group was meeting on Zoom, and I was feeling disconnected. As usual, as I wrote this meditation, God spoke to me through the words by encouraging me, in spite of the pandemic, to find new ways to “turn up the heat” and deepen our relationship. Imagine my surprise when, many months after submitting the spoonula meditation, I received word that The Upper Room was publishing it. My first published daily devotional!
We have seen many things develop out of the pandemic; some are negative, but others are positive. Certainly, when I wrote this particular meditation, it was a time when it was easy to feel lukewarm and disconnected. Now, nearly two years later, my wife and I embrace the opportunity to worship online. It gives us a chance to hear sermons from far-away churches that we otherwise could not attend. Due to health concerns with some of our small group members, our small group still meets via Zoom. But now we appreciate the opportunity to get together with our friends, no matter where any of us may be (so long as we have a good internet connection). I am still penning meditations and submitting them to The Upper Room. Our financial donations have also changed. In addition to our normal tithe, we have looked for other places to pay it forward. Many of these organizations began, or now have additional needs, due to pandemic-related issues. I guess essentially we have found that our worship activities have evolved as God provided other ways for us to connect.
All this gives me confidence for the future. At my age, I have more years behind me than I have in front of me. My observations of others indicate that some of those future years may be difficult (even without pandemics, war, and inflation). But regardless of our situation, God provides us with ways to find and connect with God. Our worship and relationship with God can change with our circumstances.
Oh, and if you are wondering, the picture is one of my wife’s spoonulas and the beginnings of a batch of chicken salad.
I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to publish my meditation as well as this additional post. I pray that all who read my words derive some benefit from them. Be blessed.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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