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Devotion for March 20

posted Mar 19, 2020, 10:41 PM by Donald Wildeboer

Ephesians 3:14–21 (NIV)

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

 

I love this prayer of Paul for the church in Ephesus because it reminds me that church is about people, it’s about all of us together. I’m an introvert and this means I love being with people, but then I need a chance to be by myself for a bit to recharge again. This crazy time where we’re called to stay apart is hard because I miss the smiles and greetings of all of you when you come into the church and chatting before church starts, I miss the kids coming into my study for fuzzy peaches and jelly beans (and the adults too!), I miss sitting at the table over coffee and catching up on what’s going on in your lives. I miss you all and am looking forward to being with you again face to face!

In the meantime, I am praying for you as Paul prayed for the Ephesians, that in this time that you will feel the peace of Jesus, that you will be strengthened by Him, and that you will be filled with his love. We may not be able to gather together in person this Sunday for worship, but we have arranged for our service to be filmed and shared on Youtube so that we can worship together, even while we worship in our own homes as families. Blessings my friends.

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