Pastor Charlie Woodward writes a daily devotion for the coming days until things are back to “normal,” whenever that may be. As the title states, we are in the wilderness alone, but we are still together. We may feel isolated and on our own. But we are in this together. I want to make sure we have an opportunity to stay connected. Each devotion will include a Bible verse, a brief reflection and prayer.  

Stop and Pray Every Day:

Join us every day at 3:17 p.m. Stop whatever you are doing and pray.

Why 3:17 p.m.? It’s a Lutheran thing. Using a 24-hour clock, the time is also known as 15:17. The year 1517 is the year of the Protestant Reformation. With all that is going on, this is a reforming time, isn’t it?

What a blessing it will be to know that we are not alone at that exact moment when we stop to pray. Set an alarm on your phone, or ask Alexa to help!

You can use the prayer offered at the end of Pastor Charlie’s devotion for that day, offer a prayer of your own, or the Lord’s Prayer is always a great one to use. 

Find a link to each day’s devotion below, or sign up here to receive the devotions to your inbox every morning. Choose the Devotions distribution list.

This is an opportunity for us to be present with each other in the days to come. You can be present by sharing your comments, insights, prayers and pictures in response to what Pastor Charlie shares in the coming days. For we are in this together. And where two or three are gathered in God’s name, God is present, too.