CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 8, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter E


26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER E

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. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter D to read the previous post on the letter D.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

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ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER E

 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name! (Psalm 100:4)

1Make a joyful noise unto the [Lord], all ye lands.2Serve the [Lord] with gladness: come before his presence with singing.3Know ye that the [Lord] he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.5 For the [Lord] is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (King James Version)

     How is our thankfulness ratio? What is the balance between the list of things that we have by God’s doing and the list of things that we assume are ours by our own doing?

     As USAians we probably calculate the ratio far too low. We are “hard work” people. We assume that people are usually poor because they don’t work hard enough.

     As a poor person passes, do we think There but by the grace of God, go I?

     God as the provider is central to our faith. My parents taught me to be gracious and thankful. They taught me to express gratitude to those who did good things for me. They taught me to bestow praise where praise was due.

     Our “E” verse reminds us to keep God in the center of our praise and thanksgiving.

     Yet, when times get tough, it’s easy to stop being thankful.

     August was a challenge for me. I struggled to get enough water from a drought-stricken spring that supplies my tenants in the Slippery Rock area. Frankly, I was reaching my wits end, having no good solutions on the horizon. And yet God sent a little rain and some good people to help. The crisis is alleviated for the time being.

     I reminded myself during that time that I had so much by the grace of God. Surely, I would have liked to have had some more peaceful nights, but there was still so much to be thankful for. We are called to approach, thank, and praise God all the time. Think of the saying God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good!

     If we can stand having our TV sets on during this election season, we hear the candidates paint things so awful that we might conclude that everything is bad. We might wonder if they experienced any contact with God lately.

     God is still good and worthy of our praise, contrary to what many might lead us to believe. God will be around long after these folks are gone and forgotten.

     This verse reminds us that not only should we remember God and all God’s blessings in our daily lives, but that we should go to the public places where God is worshipped and join with others in celebrating God’s goodness and mercy.

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

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter F

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 ADDITIONAL READING:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction.

Stockings for Jesus

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: A Devotion

Why women stay in abusive relationships: Is this the right question?

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

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