Explanations for "The Missing Watch" Reading - Sunday, January 28th
Explanations for “The Missing Watch” Reading
My name is Ken Hart. Our church started providing Daily Devotionals at the end of 2014. It has my been my privilege to put them together over this time period and I am thankful for the opportunity to continue with this ministry as we go forward. The Devotionals run Monday through Friday. Back around Thanksgiving I started posting stories on holidays and weekends. Stories are a big part of my work world. I have been a hospice Chaplain for over 8 years and the people I care for relate very well to stories. Going forward for a while, I thought I would post some of these stories on Saturdays and share on Sundays how I apply them to those I care for. The kind of needs I address day after day are universal and I am confident that the things I share on weekends will be helpful to everyone. This sharing coupled with the weekday Devotionals will give us something to relate to every day of each week.
Yesterday’s post is the third story I use in my work that I wanted to tell you about. This story might have left you hanging a bit more than the first two regarding how I use it. Being quiet, still, in tune, and aware are the take-aways from the story we need. These kind of things are important contributors to spiritual development but life is filled with so much that militates against them. God has so much he wants us to gain from him but we are so busy racing about and racing within that we miss him. God says in his Word, “Be still and know that I am God.” We must shut the door on the world and seek to be quiet before God. And then the more we succeed at being still the more we become in tune and aware. In this way we are able to know and experience God’s presence and he is able to bring to us his comfort, encouragement, strength, guidance, etc.
Once again we see the workings of faith in God. As a hospice Chaplain I consistently talk about faith in two ways. First, faith is the assurance that God loves us and is with us in Spirit every moment of every day he gives to us and is always helping us get through life in the best way possible. In whatever we face, God majors on producing in us a great sense of well-being by providing the peace and comfort of his presence. Second, faith is the assurance that in addition to his being with us in Spirit while we are here, we will be with him forever in Heaven (where nothing will distract) someday when he is ready for us and says, “come on home.” These assurances are a great source of peace and comfort for us.
The stories I share with the people I visit, allow me to share again and again this two-fold understanding of faith from different angles. Over the weeks ahead I will share them with you and it is my hope that the lessons of faith gained from them will bless your life in special ways.
Posted on Sun, January 28, 2018
by Ken Hart