TODAY: OCTOBER 3, 2022
Today’s Devotion was Written by Pastor Dave Olson
“Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers. For by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1,2
One of the blessings to come out of our COVID era was the ability of the 9am Tuesday morning women’s Bible study to continue to gather weekly from all over the country. The Women of Thunder (Mark 3:17) now gather over Zoom every week, year ‘round, to study Scripture together, pray together, and share the stories of their lives. In our mobile culture, as some of the women moved away or wintered elsewhere, they stayed connected and continued building on their network of friendship and support. On any given week, women log in from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota as well as Minnesota. When North Dakota finally gets internet, I suspect we will have a participant or two from there too.
I created the Bible study back in 1982 so that I had an excuse for not attending the 6am Monday morning men’s study led by Pastor Gilmore. Little did I know then how that group of women and all those who came and went through the years would shape my faith, my understanding of Scripture, and inform my preaching and teaching. Blessing and gift. Knowing and being known in a place where the study of Scripture amidst laughter and tears became the Spirit’s workshop.
When mutual love and hospitality are nurtured, God’s angels are discovered, received and embraced. Where mutual love and hospitality are taught and modeled, there is comfort, courage, community and compassion enough to change someone’s world. Mount Calvary is just such a place. You have the calling to be just such a disciple. Today. And, if I can channel for a moment our beloved Pastor Kyle, be open to living a life punctuated with commas, periods, question marks and semi-colons but always trusting the God of the exclamation points of grace and good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!