Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 4.28.21

By April 28, 2021Daily Bread

I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the thoughts and words of this reading that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Today’s Scripture:

2 Timothy 2:3-5, 22-23 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer. And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules.

22 Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

The words of 2 Timothy 2:22-23 are both appropriate and challenging for our time.  Many “stupid and senseless controversies” divide us, distract us, and derail our efforts to care for one another and to work together for the common good.  Social media pour gasoline on any fires that start, making the situation worse.  It is easy to get pulled into those foolish and pointless controversies that can be so damaging to relationships and even to the fabric of society.

So, the call is to have nothing to do with those.  But, isn’t there more to our calling than avoiding those things?  Yes – 2 Timothy also calls us to pursue that which unites, enables us to focus, and empowers us to care for one another and work together for the common good, namely righteousness, faith, love, and peace.

How will you pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace today?

A Prayer for today—the Prayer of St. Francis:

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

There is a lot of theology woven into hymns. To enhance today’s reading, I recommend listening to “Let there Be Peace on Earth”. I hope you will take a few moments to let the words of this message and the emotion that always connects us to music connect with your soul. Listen to this hymn on SoundCloud.

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be

With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.

With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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