Daily Devotion Monday, July 15

Monday, July 15, 2013 – Psalm 3; 1 Samuel 18:5-16 (17-27a) 27b-30; Acts 11:19-30 and Mark 1:29-45

Mark 1:29-45 – 35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

In this reading we hear of our Lord, going off by himself and praying. If it’s good enough for our Lord, I believe it’s good and essential for us. Where and when do you find that quiet place to pray? For me, morning is the best time. It’s quiet, may day is just beginning. Phyllis and when Mackenzie is with us, they sleep in. It’s my time to spend with God and pray, do my devotions, and center myself in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. My favorite place is my by porch. Attached is a picture I took this morning. I give thanks to God for calling me to Forsyth and blessings me with a home with this view. First one has a deer in it, that came by for a visit. Second is the view.

 

deer in backyard

deer in backyard

View from back porch

View from back porch

In this reading we hear Jesus saying to his disciples it’s time for him to move on. Today marks the beginning of my longest pastorate. Each call has ended up being longer than the last. It’s gone from 2 and ½ years, to just over 7 years, to 11 years 3 months to now 11 years 3 months and going strong. Someone asked me if I’d be here for another 11 years. My answer to this type of question is, I’m here as long as the good Lord doesn’t call to me to go elsewhere. So, for now I’m here. I still hear clearly God’s call to pastor the people of Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church and the community of Forsyth and surrounding areas. I give thanks for God’s call and how it and the church continue to be strong.

Something else I pick up from this reading is how we are all called to proclaim the Good News of Christ where God plants us. Today, I’ll be doing so at the funeral service of Truman Persinger, lifetime resident (except for a brief time in Kansas City during WWII) of Taney County Missouri. He was and will probably be the oldest person I baptized. I believe he was 96 when I baptized him. He was a good friend of many in the surrounding community. It will be an honor to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ at his service today, for he has received his reward and now abides in God’s holy kingdom. Thanks be to God for the life of Truman Persinger and his faith in Jesus Christ.

O God, thank you for calling me to such a wonderful place as Forsyth, Missouri and providing a home for Phyllis and me with such a wonderful pastoral view. I thank you for these gifts and the continuing gift of my call to be pastor to the people of Forsyth. May we all continue to trust in you as you guide us today and always. Amen.

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