Good morning and Happy Mother's Day! Welcome to the first g-mail devotional too. The cat wants to look out the window, but the warm time of the year is upon us and I like to keep the sunshine muted on these days; it saves on the air-conditioning bill later in the day. I haven't needed to run the AC yet, but that time is fast approaching.
It is good to be back writing the devotional this morning; it reminds me of the last time that e-mail addresses had to be changed, but without the involvement of my workplace. Dr. Kennedy speaks of fear today and the command in the Bible to not be afraid. That is so hard in this life, but I hear that there are 365 instances in the Bible where we are told to not be afraid. Now I haven't looked all of the up, but that would be a fun project. Finding a different one each day for a year would help to cement that in my head. Fear not, don't be afraid, the Lord is with you, and the many others where someone directly, such as the disciples, and all of us in general are told to trust in the Lord and to set aside that paralyzing fear.
Today we celebrate one kind of hero, Mom, and at the end of this month we will celebrate another kind, those who gave their lives in service to the country. Every day is a celebration of Jesus and his making us heroes in the fight to save everyone. We know from the Bible that not everyone will be saved, as many will choose to reject Jesus forever, but that does not mean that we should give up and wait for Jesus to come. One group of folks in the Bible did that, after all they were told the good news that Jesus was coming soon, but Paul told them to quit looking to the sky and get back to work. We are not to stare vacantly at the sky in anticipation of Jesus' return, but to keep our hands to the plow, to use a Biblical metaphor, until his return.
Praise God for the opportunity to work in building his kingdom!