Monday, July 25, 2022
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Acts 8:26-29 – As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, "Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza." So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage." (NLT)

The passage goes on to tell how Philip began with Isaiah and told the eunuch the good news of Jesus. The action verb in this passage that stands out to me is "Go".

Most of us probably do not feel that we have ever been directed by an angel to go anywhere. Yet, in all our going somewhere and doing something, the real challenge is whether what are we doing as we are going is to bring God glory.

A fellow resident, only a few months younger than I am, recently shared with me that when she was 13, she was with her mother in their Scottish home preparing dinner during a storm. A lightning strike came through the window, hitting and instantly killing her mother. I had never heard of such an occurrence.

As Wanda shared that experience with me, she also said that she felt that God had kept her alive to help others. Through the years, she has done so, and now, more than seven decades later, she is continuing to be a help and blessing through her kind deeds.

She shared with me a little saying by K. McCarthy that has guided her through the years:

    Be careful of the words you say
    To keep them soft and sweet
    You never know from day to day
    Which ones you will have to eat.

In addition, she referenced the last two lines of "What tomorrow may bring" by Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959).

    What is going to happen you never can guess,
    But it's worth while to hang on and see.

One of my favourite songs was written by Miriam M. Richards (1911-1989): "Just Where He Needs Me".

    What can I do to justify my living?
    What can I do to make this life worthwhile?
    I'll be a voice to call men to the Saviour,
    Just where I am, and win my Father's smile.

    Just where He needs me, my Lord has placed me,
    Just where He needs me, there would I be!
    And since He found me, by love He's bound me
    To serve Him joyfully.

Every day, I learn something new. I urge you to join me in striving to be receptive to God's direction, whether from the voice of an angel or just in a simple nudge from God to "go".

Prayer: Dear Father, we are constantly amazed at the opportunities that You give us to serve You through loving others. Keep us faithful. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Vince.

    Thank you, Vincent, for your ongoing encouragement!

    Great reminder to “just be available” for the Savior. Thanks.

    Many thanks for reminding us of this opportunity. Blessings.

    Thank you, Walter, for your uplifting, interesting devotionals.

    Thank-you Vincent.

    Thank you, Vincent, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Once again, I thank you for the blessings contained in your writing. I am glad you were
    encouraged to continue contributing and are doing so. You have wonderful Godly insights.

    Go – a word of action, service to God and all people. God told Pope Francis to go to Canada
    and seek forgiveness for past mistakes and the Pope is here, 85 years old, in a wheelchair,
    obedient to God’s order – GO.

    Good morning, Vince
    Thank you for this beautiful devotion. It touched my heart and soul. Amazing what can happen
    when we hear, Go, and we are obedient! I know I will be reading this again and again.
    God bless you.

    Hello Vince,
    Thank you for your GO message as it was always our lives. Now at almost 98 I have to urge
    others to GO as they are called. This year has changed a lot for me, a cruel fall recently and
    thank the Lord no broken bones. I am able to take care of myself but have to rely on others for
    much, and dislike that as I’ve been so independent.
    I hope and pray you are staying as well as possible and on the GO!!! May the Lord bless you in
    many special and surprising ways!

    Hi Vince,
    I am so glad that the humidity is gone for a few days, and we got some rain for the garden. The
    humidity definitely takes the “go” out of me some days.
    I enjoy your messages and appreciate your dedication to writing devotionals and to be present
    in your retirement home. You definitely are an example of “go”.
    I also believe it is important to learn something new each day. Sometimes I don’t remember
    what I learned in a couple of weeks, and that is still okay.
    Thank you for the cute saying which I try to practice to say things “gently”. They are more likely
    to be heard if given in a gentle way.
    May you continue to share with others. Blessings.

    Hi Vincent, another wonderful devotional today. Thanks for your talent in writing and sharing .

    Thank you so much for your faithfulness in writing these devotionals which are appreciated by all your readers.

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