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Devotional Guide for Tuesday, October 8

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5

Reflect
There is a word in the Portuguese language that is difficult to translate: “saudade”. It is described as an intense longing/homesickness/deep desire to re-live a relationship or place. I believe that what Paul is describing is “saudade”. His greatest desire is to re-connect with his beloved “spiritual children” and be assured of their steadfastness in the Lord. The greatest reward in ministry is to be part of the re-birth and growth of those God has brought our way. Paul, not being able to go see them personally, sends Timothy to strengthen and encourage them, and of course, bring a report back to him. 

Apply
Who is your deepest longing for? Is there a special person/place from the past where your spiritual connection was so meaningful that you would love to re-live it? There is great consolation knowing that even if distance and circumstance have separated personal spiritual bonds, eternity is ours, and we will never again suffer “saudade”.
  
Jerilyn Bayer

Pray

  • For those who need to be encouraged in heart and united in love.
  • Pray through the prayer page in our program.
  • Pray for Pastor Dan, our Lead Team Pastor and his family. 
  • Pray for our Hospitality Coordinator, Irene Dickau.
  • Pray for our Daycare in its service to children and their families this week.  Pray for the director, Kristy Thomas. 
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