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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - September 25, 2020

 Years ago, I decided on an expression: Divine Nudge. It’s the phrase I use to talk about the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Some people call it Jiminy Cricket. I call it the Holy Spirit. =). It’s the sense of needing to do something—generally persistent, formed in love. My most common experience is of someone coming to mind—their name, their face, and it’s likely someone I don’t interact with daily, but for some reason, they’re in my head and on my heart. A lot. I learned to reach out when I had such a sense. Call them or send a text and ask how they were doing. Often they would say, “it’s so crazy that you would call because X just happened.” X was generally something hard. They had lost a loved one, or we're feeling depressed, or struggling at work. They needed encouragement and grace. And, lo and behold, God had offered it…by a loving friend calling them out of the blue. The nudges were gentle. I could ignore them if I wanted to. Not send the text or make the call. But I’ve learned that God uses me to reach people. And God uses others to reach me.

At this stage in the pandemic, it seems so many of us are craving real connection—a hug, a conversation, sitting with someone in person. We want to be reminded of our community—not just the virtual one, but the real-life one.

This Sunday our worship is about offering grace to ourselves and it’s highlighted some of the struggles we’ve had—including feeling isolated and alone in our struggle. And I’ve been thinking maybe God might start nudging a little. I think God might prompt us to reach out to one another and reconnect, maybe in ways we’ve let go a bit in the pandemic. There are some who have chosen to share their truth via video in our service, know your love and grace is welcomed. AND, many haven’t shared, but who also need your care. I would encourage you to look and listen this week for God’s nudges. Who comes to mind? Who is on your heart? Then give them a call, send them a card, or send them a text. Check-in on them. See how they’re doing. And, maybe, if you’re up for it, ask if there’s anything you might be praying about.

 

Peace and grace,
Pastor Debbie


 

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