Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Family devotion

Every Sunday, the four of us would sit together for dinner and have family devotion as we eat. Taking turns, we share about one thing we're thankful for and one need. Each Sunday, one of us would also share something learned from sermons or from the Bible. Family devotion ends with another person praying over the mentioned needs.

Last Sunday, it was my turn for Bible sharing and I decided to recite with Calder Isaiah 40: 28-31, which is a passage we memorised and on which our pastor focussed for that morning's sermon. Then I shared why I like the passage - it is very conversational, it relates to our lives - a great way to introduce friends to our good  God -

Isaiah 40:28‭-‬31 NIV:
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

If you're wondering how Calder, with his little speech, participates in our family devotion, we ask him to read out (which he does very loudly) the relevant Bible verses during Bible sharing. For thanksgiving, we prompt him with the starter "Thank God for ___". Maybe he got this confused with meal grace, because he always chooses food he just enjoyed (which is fine with us, since Calder really likes to eat). Last Sunday, he said: "Thank God for apple cider vinegar".  As for prayer needs, his is a standard: "God, help me to stay well and healthy, and not keep laughing."

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