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Second Sunday after Pentecost

Week of June 6, 2021
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18, NRSV)

Devotion

I mentioned in last week's Reflection that I lost a dear friend to COVID-19. He was a dear friend to many – he was our church pianist. A man of amazing talent and intuition. He pastored us through his music for 20 years. His memory is indeed a blessing, but the loss of him has shattered the heart of my church community. We are reeling.

We sing our communion responses at Christ UMC. The first communion Sunday after his passing, as our minister of music led us from the altar and many of us sang through our masks, I thought, as I always do after the passing of someone I love: "We are singing together, all of us. In this moment, we are all singing praises to God, together."

What can be seen is temporary. What cannot be seen is eternal. Thanks be to God.

Prayer

Loving God, help us not lose heart. Renew our inner natures day by day. Grow our trust in you, for you are good. Amen.

Lindy ThompsonLindy Thompson
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church
Franklin, TN 

 

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