Writing and submitting my devotion turned into an unplanned Bible study. I knew what I wanted to say because my experience made me in awe of our Creator and it had been rattling around in my mind for several years. But as part of the submission process, you’re expected to provide suggestions for further reading, a prayer focus, and a thought for the day. Hmmmm, I didn’t have all of those things ready; I just wanted to share my experience! For weeks, I used a concordance and several Bible translations searching for appropriate verses or phrases to include and inspire others. Naturally, I was looking up topics like birds, animals, creation, stewardship, provision and dominion. I kept getting drawn in to further searches and studies because those are all the things that feed my faith.
In January of 2000, after having been away from church for years, I was baptized and publicly accepted Christ as my Savior. In early 2002, in a very unexpected turn in my solitary and self-centered life, I found myself with my first companion pet — a cat named Mojo. My Story began with Mojo. As I was falling more for Christ, I was also falling more for Mojo. I, and others, realized that my heart was softening, especially toward animals.
Over the course of the next few years, I truly became like a new creation and I believe that my calling is to be a voice for animals. Because of my faith, I am an animal rights activist and a committed vegan. I do all that I can to defend animals and the environment. It may sound silly, but I’m convinced God used Mojo as an instrument. In the time since, God has blessed me with more rescue pets who keep me smiling at my journey and the lessons I can learn from animals.
We have small groups and an occasional Sunday class that uses the material for Bible study. We also have a Wednesday night group that reads all four of the lectionary passages and then follows lectio divina methodology in discussing and applying the passages. The Disciplines help in each of these as part of individual devotions but also as material for these group discussions. Our Pastors also preach the lectionary and use Disciplines to help craft the worship experience. It is also a part of our recommended discipleship pathway for all congregants. Many people in the congregation tell me how they love the devotional and it is helping them in their faith walk. Read more...