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Daily devotionals may be viewed in the Devotional Booklet; see link to booklet at bottom of page.

Returning from vacation can be a real bummer.  All of the planning, anticipation, and excitement become history and re-entry into daily life can be difficult.  Similarly, on a spiritual level the transition from the celebration of Easter to the daily life as a Christian can be just as jarring.  Jesus is alive, does that make a difference?  What does that mean to me?  To you?  To this congregation?

As we follow the early church and finish The Story, and then continue through Mother’s Day, Youth Sunday and Pentecost.  I hope that we will remember the demonstrated power of God in the resurrection.  That we will be reminded how it impacted a group of people who were hiding in the shadows on Good Friday, yet were challenging the powers that be after the resurrection. What changed them?  What gave them the boldness and power to go out and let God use them to change the world?

As we spend time reflecting on the power of this movement we realize it was led by normal people being used by God.  Not church professionals, not divinity or seminary students, but normal people making the most of their SHAPE—their spiritual gifts, heart/passion, abilities, personalities, and experiences.  God placed them in that place and time to make a difference in their world.

Given the vast wealth of gifted and talented people at VPC, we are already making an impact within our church, in our community and around the world—yet we could do more!  As you spend time these next weeks looking at how God used normal people, let God inspire you and call you into making a difference in the lives of those around you with your kindness, patience, leadership, caring, and generosity.  Let’s see what God has in store for us now!

As always, a huge thank you to the team that puts these devotions together:  Deb Crumbliss for the details; Chris Chun for the editing; Rita Lockwood, Thea Jeschke, Gloria Engstrom, Michelle Rahal and Glenda Simpkins-Hoffman for sharing their stories.

Shannon Jordan

The Story - Devotional Links

Devotional Booklet and Lection Divina:

  • We recommend you apply the Lectio Divina method when studying these devotionals.