Devotion for Wednesday, June 24

You have granted me life and steadfast love,
and your care has preserved my spirit.
Job 10:12
Truly, truly, I say to you,
Whoever believes has eternal life.
John 6:47
I have a news flash for you today -
The perfect anti-aging cream has yet to be invented!
What are you willing to pay for anti-aging products? Five, fifty, or five hundred dollars? Well, folks, no matter what products we may use, gravity still takes its toll! I have no choice - I must accept the fact that I am getting older (every day) and my sagging skin and wrinkles are just a fact of life.
But what's even worse than sagging skin and wrinkles is the fact that life often causes sagging spirits, and these sagging spirits can never be refreshed by lotions, creams or any miracle medical procedures.
We may live and work with difficult people. Often our loved ones face challenges and even though we would like to help, often we can't. Sometimes we may say words that we would love to take back. We act before we think. In addition, right now we have the Coronavirus to deal with. We are kept away from our friends and loved ones. We may be out of work and unsure of the future. We feel lonely and long for human contact. And the weight of all these things may make our spirits sag.
During this time it is very important that we remember that we do not have to bear these things by ourselves. Our Creator is also our Preserver, our Care-Taker, and our Companion. The One who created us has also promised to take our cares and bear our burdens with us and for us.
Outwardly, our lives change - and we don't always like the changes. We don't always think the changes are for the better. But in every change, every challenge, our Creator is with us, lifting our sagging spirits, whispering words of comfort and love to our hearts.
So, even if our skin is sagging, our spirits don't have to sag!!
Let us pray: Dear God, you are our Care-Taker! When life's situations threaten to make our spirits sag, let us hear you whisper to us..."Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Amen.
                                                               Pastor Ruth
820 Almshouse Road  Ivyland, PA 18974
215 357-6998