Skip to main content

Lent Devotion Version 1

Over Lent some people in our church write a devotion for each day to be put into a printed booklet that we try to share with everyone, both people in and out of the church. There’s the hope that the people will read the devotion each day, since it aligns with the reading of the day. We are kept to 300 words or less, so about half a page.

Every year I offer to write a devotion since I really enjoy it, and every year I keep it foremost on my mind and have a hard time finding a final focus until I get the writing in late. This year was no different. I’d originally read the readings and subsequently thought daily about what it means to be a capitalist, and a consumer, and a Christian.

Then the deadline came and passed, and I still didn’t think I had a good insight. I finally wrote this first draft, which had almost nothing to do with my original thought, but did apply to the reading, and it could have applies to almost any readings.

This is a prayer that was one of the few times I know God spoke through me while I prayed with someone else. The visuals are vivid and specific for me, very focused in my interest in Science Fiction. But it speaks well to me whenever I’m feeling directionless, overwhelmed, or happy. No matter what I’m feeling.

I have that one here. Tomorrow I’ll get to the final version.

---

Dear God,

You know every single moment of my life. You’ve known them before I was even a sparkle in my great grandfather’s great grandfather’s eye.

From before you made Adam in Eden you had a plan for my life. You figured out how you wanted me to live so that you could be known to the whole world. You planned out specific ways so that I can be an example for you.

At the exact same moment you knew that I would fail miserably. You saw that I would put other people and other things before you. You saw the times where I would live so far away from you that I barely considered you’re existence. You saw the many, many times that I would hurt someone, and deviate far away from your plan.

You gave me the gift of free will to decide how to live this life you’ve given me in whatever way I wanted. You have always helped to show me the right path that I should follow, and I know how many tears you’ve shed when I left that path. But you never give up.

While I’ve deviated from your plan, you’ve guided my course. You change the details of your grand plan to accommodate my missteps. You take all of my actions and use them to bring peace to the world. You laugh in utter joy when I work for you. No matter what I do for the rest of my life, you already know about it, and you still love me.

Lord, help me to love all of your children the same way you love me. Help me to look past any failings to recognize the jewel you see in each of us.

Thank you for this gift that is my life.

Peace,
+Tom

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Microsoft Access

I've answered this question in some form or another far more times than I care to count.  Most often it's a question of "why do I need a fancy Web application when I can just build this myself in two days in Access.  I mean, the data's already in Excel."  So I figured I'd post out what I threw together, I know I've missed some points. Overview Microsoft Access is an ideal solution for relatively small datasets and a limited number of users. From the Microsoft Web site: “As a desktop database, Access is well suited for small, departmental applications. These applications may start as one user’s project. For example, an employee realizes that productivity can be increased if a paper-based process is automated with an Access application. Other users in the department recognize that they can take advantage of the application if additional features are added. As more features are added, more employees run the application. As time goes by, more and more Access

Red-Gate SQL Compare

Every now and then I come across a program that becomes so ingrained in my daily work that I hardly know how I'd get by without it.  I'll probably break down a couple over the next few days, but for database work, I have never found anything as good as Red Gate's SQL Compare and SQL Data Compare .  Essentially these tools let you compare two SQL Server databases (all objects, users, permissions, functions, diagrams, anything) and update changes to whichever database you want.  This is amazingly useful for deploying database changes to a test or production environment (do it to production with ridiculous care, even though it will generate a SQL Script for you and run all updates in one transaction), and making sure everything is synchronized. For releases we can just generate the compare script, confirm that the changes match the updates we want to go out, and store it all in one place with the release details.  This is true for both the structure and the data, to

Beryllium Spheres

I'm sitting here at home watching The Shadow , easily one of the best movies made based on one of the best old time radio shows.  I hadn't picked up on this earlier, but the weapon used to destroy the city is none other than the same power source used to power the NSEA Protector in Galaxy Quest . I never knew Beryllium was so cool.  Now I want a sphere of my own. Anyone know of other places Beryllium Spheres are mentioned? Peace, +Tom