Daily Devotion Name Change

Daily Devotion Name Change > One in the Spirit
a message from Pastor Charlie Woodward

Ephesians 4:1-6
Unity in the Body of Christ
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
I didn’t realize that when I started the daily devotions “Alone In The Wilderness Together” back in March, that I would still be writing them six months later. In the middle of March when we shut the doors to worship and activities, we had hoped we would be back at it by Easter. That didn’t happen, of course.
I am thankful that we can stay connected through the daily devotion, and you have my word that it will continue for the coming weeks and months as we continue on this journey. I appreciate your comments and encouragement – please keep those coming.
I received a message from a member of the congregation who suggested that maybe it is time to change the title of the daily devotion. She said, “I am finding seeing the title on my iPad and iPhone first thing every morning somewhat depressing! Since God is always with me, I am never really alone in my mind.”
She has a point. And while I would argue that the word “together” is the key here, I thought a change in title might be in order.

In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul’s words focus on our unity. We are one. One in body. One in Spirit. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all…” We are one.

If there is anything I have observed in these past six months, it is the sense of unity – that we are all in this together. We are One In The Spirit. That will be the new title of this daily devotion, and you will see a change in the coming days – hopefully less depressing!
In the coming weeks, as we enter deeper into the election cycle, as the rhetoric and mudslinging will only increase, how important it will be for us to be reminded that we are one. While we may have different opinions and political leanings and backgrounds, we are one. We belong to God. We are on the same team. And we are in this together.
As the kids and teachers head back to school, whatever that may look like, and parents try to juggle the new normal that is a moving target, how important it is to hear that we are not alone – we are one. We need each other to make it through the day.
As we try to figure out what to put on the calendar for the coming days, weeks, or months, knowing that our plans are about as secure as nailing a Jell-O mold to a tree, we grow weary. We hope that we can gain some traction. In the midst of the uncertainty, how important it is to know that we are not alone – we are one.
The devotions will continue as they have over the past six months. Only the title will change. I hope and pray that you find these to be words of encouragement and support as we journey down this road together. We are one. One in body and one in Spirit. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God and Father of all.
So, look for the daily devotions. Again, I welcome your comments and reflections – it is also good for me to be reminded that we are not alone.
Pastor Charlie

2 Responses to “Daily Devotion Name Change”

  1. Ann Kent says:

    Hello Pastor Charlie,
    I think it is amazing that you have continued to daily send out devotions to each and all of us! Your thoughts, words, God’s direction that inspires you to share what you do, have been special daily gifts. I am amazed that your willingness and desire to “continue” the conversations and teachings remains strong. I so appreciate your willingness and always appreciate your teachings and wisdom behind them.
    Our world is SO changed yet, we have the Bible to tell us that strife, wars between countries and people have existed yet God’s love is still very visible and real.
    I love the “name change;” We all need that reminder that we are “One” or at least can strive to be “One” in the Spirit. We honor God when we at least attempt to try and understand other point of views.
    May God continue to give you strength and wisdom as you continue to minister to all of Epiphany’s people.
    THANK YOU for ALL you do; Prayers for you and your family.
    ~ Ann

  2. John and Carol Horn says:

    We, too, miss the singing, and the organ!

    How good it was this past Sunday, to sit in our car, in the parking lot at Epiphany, listening to the radio, hearing the organ, the music, and the singing of the soloist during worship. Even without seeing, we were able to hear all the sounds of worship that have been missing.

    Thank you!

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