CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 25, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter P


26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  P

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 O to read the previous post on the letter O.

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

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER P

     Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:38)

     As we begin, let us look at the scripture passage:

    35And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

    36But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were faint and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

    37Then said He unto His disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.

    38Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38 (KJ21))

     Today is Christmas Day. We are in the season of giving and receiving while celebrating the birth of Jesus. We gather together with friends and family. May each of you have a Merry Christmas!

     What an appropriate time for this verse and the accompanying passage. I am sure most of you have shown compassion in one or more ways during this season. Jesus was moved with compassion for the multitudes. As followers of Christ, we have a similar challenge to compassion.

     I joined eighteen other people in Rector (PA) earlier this month, standing outside on a snowy day, distributing Westmoreland Food Bank’s “Fresh Express” items to needy persons. Others ring bells for the Salvation Army. The list of good things that we do in this season (and other seasons) goes on and on.

     Jesus says in this passage that the people need more—they need to be part of  “His harvest.”He points out that many persons in the community are faint and scattered abroad, like sheep without a shepherd.

     Often we provide relief to the immediate need, and others feel blessed. And we have done a good service in the name of Jesus.

     Beyond that basic need is the need of the Shepherd.

     Today’s verse reminds us to pray that the Lord of the harvest, our Triune God, will send laborers into His harvest. Pray that laborers, you and I, will lead others to find new life in Christ, along with the temporary relief we often offer. It’s only new relationship with Christ that brings lasting results.

     Every person is a sheep that needs a shepherd. We celebrate those who know the Shepherd and live under His care. The real hope for our world is that the powerful and the very weak, those without a dime and those with huge tax cuts, those that love war and those that crave peace, those who live to terrorize and those who fear terrorists, and those who feel alone and those who are surrounded by many friends—will all find the Shepherd, that they will be moved to genuine compassion for all of their fellow human beings. And that they will come to know Jesus for who He is: the Prince of Peace.

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To read 26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER Q, click on:  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter Q

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 ADDITIONAL READING:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction

AQUILA AND PRISCILLA: A Script on their Marriage

Don’t let the bed bugs bite…

The “Meow” Chorus: A cat symphony on a Greyhound Bus

And who will reach the downtrodden? Lent Devotion #18

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