Grow deeper Devotionals
a follow up to Concord Trinity UMC weekly sermon
The week of May 24th
Monday – Read John 15:12-17 and Proverbs 10:7.
Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day” begun after the Civil War to remember those who died in that war. Today we are remembering those who have died in military service for our country. How have these women and men shown “great love” for others? Do you have anyone in your family that you honor in a special way this day? How do you tell the story of that person’s life to others? We are invited to pause for a moment of silence at 3pm May 25 as a time of national remembrance. As you remember the lives of others, think about how you want to be remembered.
Tuesday – Read Joshua 4:1-11.
What was the purpose of the stones? Why do you think each tribe provided one? What items do we have in our Christian faith that act as symbols of remembrance for us, connecting us with stories of God’s work in history? What symbols do you have in your own life that act as memorials for your family’s past? What kind of memorials are you making right now during this pandemic that you can look back on in 5-10 years to remember God at work in the midst of the struggle?
Wednesday – Read Leviticus 6:14-18.
In the grain offering, a portion was burned for God first as a memorial offering and the rest of the grain was used to feed the priests and their families. You can read more about grain offering in Leviticus 2. Why do you think the portion burned with Frankincense was called a memorial offering? Do you think the priests were ever tempted to skimp on God’s portion if they were hungry? What do you offer to God on a regular basis to show that you are grateful for all that God provides you?
Thursday - Read Hebrews 13:7-16.
What do you think verse 7 means? Who are the faith leaders that you have imitated in your life? What memories do you have of them? Who might be looking to you as a leader in their faith development? Why is it important that we keep looking to Jesus and allowing our hearts to be strengthened by grace? How are you practicing verse 16 during this unique time we are experiencing? Don’t forget about making a card or poster for the farewell parade for Pastor Richard this Sunday, May 31 from 12-1:30pm.
Friday – Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-25.
Which phrase jumps out at you most when you read these verses? Why do you think that is? What do verses 12-13 encourage the reader to do? In what ways can you show love to the Northcutt family for their leadership among us? How does the blessing in verse 23 speak to you? How are you leaving holy memories of your life with Christ in the world?