Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – December 22, 2014

by Anne McQuade

Scripture: Titus 2:11-3:8

A recent decrease of my eyesight has caused me to become angry and frustrated. We all know the stages of grief. Well, I seem to be intimately acquainted with the Anger stage.

These pent up feelings have driven me to activity, a real firestorm of activity. I volunteer here, there, everywhere. I help this (previous) work acquaintance prepare her first resume, then I volunteer with a non-profit organization by lending some organizational skills, then I sign up for way too many college courses, all the while juggling complex health and family issues. Meanwhile, I am snapping at family, dear friends AND, of course, rebuking myself for the slightest offense-or nothing at all.

I had never studied the book of Titus until I gathered up my courage and volunteered to write this devotion. The entirety of this passage brought it all home to me! (What an amazing coincidence that this happened to be one of the passages assigned to me. “The Lord moves in mysterious ways!” as my Mom would say.) First, it reminds me of the need to “speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”  Titus 3:2. Second, the lesson that struck me most, is that perhaps I need to add some prayer and gratitude in with all my frantic activity in order to regain peace in this life and in the next.

Prayer: Father, help me remember to treat others kindly, peaceably, and with humility. Please also remind me to give thanks for the blessings I will enjoy for all eternity, thanks to your grace, Lord. Amen

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

 

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