For the Love of God and the Promise of a Donut

Since our church became a Central Drop-Off Location for Operation Christmas Child several years ago, Sweet T and I spend Saturday mornings moving hundreds of cartons filled with thousands of shoebox gifts out of the Sunday school room and loading them into a 28-foot pup trailer. Our Saturday morning crew consists of a number of people: men, women, and children; individuals and families; who generously give of their time on what seems to always be a beautiful Fall Saturday morning, to help us complete this monumental task. They do it for the love of God and the promise of a donut, with joy and love, grunts and laughter. 

Matthew 9:37 (ESV)

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 

Every year during National Collection Week, Sweet T and I are overwhelmed by our numerous Operation Christmas Child volunteers who freely give of their time to help us complete the mission of this wonderful ministry. Every collection season we look forward to seeing familiar faces, many of them who have worked alongside us since we began this journey. Each year, we’re blessed by new volunteers who fall in love with the heart of this ministry that brings the love of Jesus to millions of children all around the globe.  

We are also incredibly blessed by our growing donor network, many who start out like Sweet T and I did back in 2008, packing a box or two only to multiply that number into hundreds and hundreds of love-filled, prayer-immersed shoebox gifts.  

Psalm 105:1 (ESV)

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples.

It is truly amazing to see God at work through the church, inside the four walls of brick and mortar, and outside the traditional church walls, in businesses, schools, small groups, and other community organizations. It’s been an incredible week so far and Sweet T and I find ourselves feeling very grateful, encouraged by our sea of ministry partners who answer the Lord’s call to deliver exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever imagine. 

Matthew 16-20 ESV

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

God is good all the time and all the time God is GOOD!!!

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

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Evening Prayer 19

Father God, thank You for loving us and granting us another week to share the truth of Your promises. We are grateful for Your love, watch-care, and provision. You have blessed us beyond measure. Lord, please help us help those who are in need. May we show them the loving-kindness You have shown us. Let us be a source of comfort to those who need comfort in the same way that You comforted us. May we bring joy into the lives of others, reflecting the joy You have instilled in each of us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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A Sunday Prayer

On this Sabbath Sunday, I am taking a break from the Morning and Evening Prayer series that we began journeying through together a couple of weeks ago. I hope you are being blessed by this intentional focus on prayer and that it is helping you grow in your spiritual walk. Personally, I know delving into this study of prayer has enriched my daily prayer life.

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Have you ever wondered why we, as Christians, observe the holy day on Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, it’s true. The Sabbath was historically practiced on Saturday prior to the Resurrection. Sometime after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the church began observing the Sabbath on Sunday because Jesus rose from the grave on that first Easter Sunday.

My prayer for you today is simply that you would bask in the glory of God and rejoice in His goodness. He is SO good to each of us. Today, may you be blessed during your special time of worship focused on Him. He LOVES us beyond comprehension. As you prepare for the week ahead, may you be filled with love, joy, and peace. Be a bright shining light wherever the days ahead lead you. Amen.

The Devotional Guy™

This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it!

This is the day of the Lord;

our Savior, Christ, is risen!

He has conquered sin and death,

the power of love has overcome,

and God has given us the victory!

Hallelujah!

An Old Church Prayer based on Psalm 118:24 and 1 Corinthians 15:55-7 

Reference:

Ashwin, Angela (2002) The Book of a Thousand Prayers. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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