CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

September 24, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter C


26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER C

Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction.

To read the previous post on the letter B click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter B

Return to this site each Saturday to read Monte’s his devotion.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER C

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7 Revised Standard Version)

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.    (1 Peter 5:6-11   King James Version)

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     “Nobody Cares!”

      How often have you heard that statement? In our own ego-centric view of the world, how often we conclude that everyone around us could not care less what happens to us. And we’re often right. Everybody is busy. They have a life of their own. They may not intentionally slight us, but just forget about our cares and our basic needs from our community.

     Today’s verse is Good News. That is, it’s Good News if we choose to connect with God.

     Our lives include vertical and horizontal dimensions. The nature of the mix depends on the person. Some choose to be totally horizontal, ignoring God completely. Others can be so vertical as to be rated as no earthly good. I would guess that on average we tend to be a little too horizontal.

     What are our anxieties? Plenty of our anxieties are horizontal—disputes with our neighbors, worries about our job, conflicts with coworkers, political concerns, disagreements at church, family tensions, etc. On the other hand, we have vertical anxieties such as health concerns and bad luck.

     Our “C” verse tells us that God cares. Not only does God care, but God encourages us to bring all our anxieties to him. This verse reminds us that keeping in touch with God is essential to our daily routine.

        Certainly we were taught to pray. We do pray, but probably too often only to beg something of God. I let this verse remind me that everyday conversations with God should knowledge that God made everything and that I only have material possessions on loan—with a responsibility to care for them and to praise God for all the good he does. In telling God my anxieties, I trust God to care about me and my neighbor.

 To read 26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER D click on

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter D.

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 ADDITIONAL READING:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction.

Stockings for Jesus

Must we Yield to the Force of Inappropriate Touch?

My Neighbor Elinor, AKA Pet

EVERYDAY HEROES

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