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The Upper Room Devotional 7th October 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 7th October 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 7th October 2022

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The Upper Room Daily Devotional For Today 7 October 2022Personal Relationships By John Keeports (Pennsylvania, USA)

TOPIC: Personal Relationships

John Keeports (Pennsylvania, USA)

TODAY’S READING

Mark 1:40-45

KEY VERSE: Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. – Mark 1:42 (NRSV)

MESSAGE

During a mission trip to Jamaica, my high-school group ran sports camps and youth groups all day, shared testimonies in front of large gatherings, and did manual labor. But what I most looked forward to each day was visiting patients at a rural infirmary.

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Seeing the suffering of the patients and the poor condition of the building initially made my heart sink. But there was one man I got to sit with and talk to each day. Eyes lighting up, he would eagerly tell me stories, read me scripture, and encourage me and then allow me to do the same for him. Of all the work we were doing in the area, this relationship became the most meaningful for me.

It is easy to forget the importance of nurturing individual relationships. Jesus shows us a better way at the end of Mark 1 when he takes a break from addressing the crowds to heal and interact with one man. The Savior, God incarnate, came to save the world.

The Upper Room Devotional 7th October 2022

 

He fed the multitudes, but he also healed the man with leprosy and the man with the withered hand. If Jesus had time and found value in connecting with the seemingly forgotten individuals around him, we can do the same.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will make time to share God’s love with someone new.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Dear Lord, open our eyes to the lives of people around us. Give us the courage to reach out to people on a personal level. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS

The people of Jamaica

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The Upper Room Devotional 7th October 2022

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