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What is a Devotional?
A devotional is a tool or practice we can use to encourage spiritual growth. Through the Family Devotional, we invite your family to explore a Bible story’s meaning together, to ask questions, use your imaginations, see what catches your attention, and consider how the story can relate to your lives.
A time to connect, to ask, to listen, and to pray.
Excerpt from video:
Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. Love never fails.1 Corinthians 13:4-8
This is one of my favorite Bible verses. It inspires me and reminds me that love is about more than a good feeling or celebrating the happy times. Love is strong, deep and perseveres in the most challenging moments of life.
I don’t think this verse is talking about “perfect love.” I don’t think it’s suggesting we can never be jealous or rude or irritable. Let’s be real! In Coronavirus living, I’m doing a lot of those things it says that love is not. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re probably a little bit of all these things. However, we also hear that love trusts, love hopes, love endures.
We will make it through this time leaning on the strength of God’s love and remembering to look for the signs of hope that are all around us. Look for hope in our children and family members. Look for hope in the sidewalk chalk drawings, encouraging signs and murals around town. Look for hope in the homemade masks and in people staying home to keep others safe.
– Tricia Guerrero
God’s Gift of Love
When the church was just beginning, a man named Paul traveled to many different places to start new churches. He told people about Jesus. He would stay in each city for a while and then move on. Sometimes the people in these churches didn’t get along. Everyone had different ideas about how to follow Jesus. Sometimes they quarreled and argued. Paul heard that the people in the city of Corinth were arguing with one another. He wanted to teach them how to live together in peace. He was far away from Corinth, so he sent a letter to remind them about God’s love.
Dear friends in Corinth,
Let me tell you about God’s gift of love. I may speak with a voice as beautiful as an angel’s. But if I do not have love, I sound like a clanging gong to God. I may be able to answer the hardest questions. But if I do not have love, all my knowledge means nothing to God. I may even give my whole life to God. But if I do not have love, then nothing I do matters to God.
Love is patient and kind. Love does not boast or brag. Love is not rude and doesn’t always want its own way. Love doesn’t stay angry for a long time. Love grows in the truth. Many things come and go, but God’s love never ends.
God gives us three gifts. They are faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love. Let us show this kind of love to others every day.
Your friend, Paul
The people in Corinth saved this letter and shared it with others. After many years, it became part of our Bible. We can also learn from it about living as the church.
Excerpt from Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, pages 308-309.
- How does Paul want the Corinthians to live?
- How did Jesus show the kind of love Paul wrote about?
- What is one way you can show love this week during “Safe at Home” living?
Loving God, we come to you and ask you to hear us as we offer our prayers to you. Make us people who know how to give from the heart. Make us people who go out of their way to help others in need. Make us people who follow in your footsteps of service. May we show the light of your love to other people in all we do and say. Amen.
The Bible is less a book of answers than it is an invitation to explore and engage with stories and meanings. Through this Family Devotional, we invite your family to read the Bible Story together and ask questions, to use your imaginations, to see what catches your attention, and to consider how the story can relate to your lives.
“See What Love Can Do” Photo Challenge
When we look for the ways people are showing love and kindness, it helps us to see hope and how God is at work in our world. We not only look for these signs, but we can also be the people bringing hope, compassion and light in the darkness. Let’s look around and “See What Love Can Do!”
Please share how you’re helping or what you’re seeing with us.
Tricia Guerrero (right)
Pastoral Associate for Family Ministries
(310) 393-8258 ext. 104
Jamie Jones (left)
Children and Family Ministry Intern
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