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The Upper Room Devotional 19th October 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 19th October 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 19th October 2022

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The Upper Room Daily Devotional For Today 19 October 2022Fruitful Grace By Earlie Pasion-Bautista (Isabela, Philippines)

TOPIC: Fruitful Grace

Earlie Pasion-Bautista (Isabela, Philippines)

TODAY’S READING

Jeremiah 17:7-8

KEY VERSE: Desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33 (CEB)

MESSAGE

One morning I arrived at church before anyone else and had to wait. I decided to harvest mansanitas from a tree in front of the church and began reflecting on God’s grace. I started to view the tree, with its red, green, and pale orange fruits, as a symbol of God’s grace.

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No one planted this tree; it just sprouted here. But it shades the church foyer and provides fruit for the children who come to church. For some time now, only a few people have come to church because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet even with no one to water it, this tree has continued to grow and bear fruit while also offering a home to many birds and insects. God has sustained the tree, and the tree sustains the lives of others. What an image of grace!

The tree is blessed as it blesses others. When I am blessed to be able to pick fruit from the tree, I share it with my two children waiting at home. My firstborn has asked me to bring home the fruit every Sunday because it makes him feel as if he and his brother also went to church. Although my children miss going to church, through the mansanita fruit I am able to extend a bit of God’s grace to them.

The Upper Room Devotional 19th October 2022

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What images of God’s grace do I see in my community?

TODAY’S PRAYER

God our provider, teach us to know your grace, even through the smallest fruit that you provide in your creation. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS

Those who are homebound

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The Upper Room Devotional 19th October 2022

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LORD JESUS, I BELIEVE YOU DIED FOR MY SINS, FORGIVE ME OF ALL MY INIQUITIES. I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR FROM TODAY AND FOREVERMORE. COME AND BE THE LORD OF MY LIFE AND I AM WILLING TO OBEY YOUR COMMAND AND LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL AS YOU HELP ME, THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME INTO YOUR FOLD. AMEN

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