Thursday Daily Devotion

Good News for Thursday, March 19th
Please pray for the families of Marjorie Davis, Marilyn Sherfield and Roland Winters at their passing. Below are the addresses where cards of care and condolence can be sent.

Majorie – Scott Davis, 149 Oakhurst Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63368
Marilyn – Wayne Sherfield, 70 Tidewater Ct., Four Seasons, MO 65049
Roland – Chris Cleary, 224 Keywest Lane, Four Seasons, MO 65049

 Updates & Tips Area grocery stores are offering those age 60 and older the opportunity to shop during the first hour they are open as an added protection during the pandemic.  The stores will have been freshly cleaned overnight and restocked, making this a great time to shop for those at an elevated risk.   

HyVee-  daily 7am to 8am
Dierbergs-  daily 8am to 9am
Woods-  daily 6:30am to 8am**
Walmart-  every Tuesday 6am to 7am  

** Woods is encouraging those 60+ to shop at this time, but they are not turning away the general public- it is not exclusive to those 60+. This week’s reading is John 15-17. Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is John chapters 15, 16 and 17.  This week, instead of the thinking about questions as you read, I encourage you to simply read.  As you do, remember that these chapters are part of the monologue John records from Jesus’ Last Supper with the disciples.  Think about what you hear in these passages about Jesus’ relationship with His disciples, and what you hear about their relationship with Him.  Are their parallels between the way Jesus related with His disciples and how He relates with you and others today?  

 Connect, Grow, & Serve Thank You Notes “On behalf of the Camdenton R-III School District, I want to thank you for the continued support of our district. The yearly donation of boxes filled with goodies to help our families in need is truly astounding!  We sincerely appreciate all Faithbridge does to help our struggling families make their day a little brighter.  It is wonderful that, as a community, we come together to share our blessings with others.”
Camdenton R-III School District

“Please express our appreciation for the large donation of canned goods.  We truly appreciate the wonderful support we receive from our community and your generous donation helps support our mission to help with food and other emergencies. 
…your donation will go a long way to helping our clients with additional food. Thank you again for your support.”
Hope House

  Our Devotional “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
                                                                -Psalm 46:10-11

There are certain dates that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives, September 11, 2001 for instance.  I can remember where I was and what I was doing when I saw it on TV.  In your personal lives, there are dates you will never forget.  The day of your wedding, the birth of a child, those are milestones in a person’s life.  August 5, 2019 was one of those days for me and Tina.  That weekend had been great.  We were going to have a relaxing day riding around the lake with an old, dear friend.  On our way over to Osage Beach, that all changed in a few seconds.  Someone turned left into our lane.  I had enough time to yell at Tina to hold on and “this is gonna hurt”.  That was a very bad day.  However, that day was the start of a journey for me.  Before that day, I closely followed current events.  I had strong opinions and ideas about how to heal a divided nation.  I did my best to keep my opinions to myself, but I had them none the less.  My daily prayer was that God would heal and unite this country.  Everyone seemed divided.  Everyone was talking but no one was listening.  We couldn’t agree on anything.  I was very concerned.  That was before August 5, 2019.  After that day, my view of the world changed dramatically.  I had a lot of down time, to say the least.  I would have watched TV, but it hurt to push the buttons on the TV remote. Plus, I could never find it anyway.  I couldn’t surf the internet on my tablet.  No radio either.  As a result, I looked at the ceiling a lot and tried to figure out why this had happened.  I never prayed so much in my life.  So what did I learned?  I learned my mom was right.  Never leave the house without clean underwear on, in case you’re in an accident.  I actually thought that when the paramedics were cutting off my clothes to put me on the stretcher.  I learned the members of this church are extremely loving and caring.  The prayers and support are overwhelming.  Most importantly, I learned how to be still.  No TV, no internet, no radio.  Nothing but me and God.  In Psalms 46:10 it says “Be still and know that I am God!”  There is no reason to worry about anything. All the concerns I had before the accident are in God’s control.  Everything going on in this country and the world is not a surprise to God.  He’s got this.  I pray that I never forget what God has taught me.  Just be still and don’t worry. Amen.     
Larry Melville