February 1, 2014


Genesis 18:1-16; John 6:16-27

When God shows up: (1) He does so in His own time; (2) Responses vary; (3) Life changes!

In the heart of the dessert, God shows up in Abraham’s life. Abraham responds with hospitality, “Let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring you a morsel of bread…” (Gen. 18: 4-5a). Consequently, the “old” Abraham hears that at long last he will become a father—his life changed!

On a storm tossed sea, Jesus walks across the water and meets the disciples at their rocking boat. The disciples respond in fear but Jesus eases this fear with just a few simple words, “It is I; do not be afraid” (John 6:20). Consequently, their boat is redirected—their lives are changed!

When we gather around the Communion table, God shows up front and center in our lives. He says, “This is my body…this is blood,” and our responses vary but the truth remains the same: we are changed! We are renewed, refocused, and reminded that we are His!

Today’s devotion was written by Heidi Punt,
Pastor of Christ United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, NC.

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2 Responses to February 1, 2014

  1. pam says:

    Great thoughts, Pastor Heidi! What’s more, as I read this I saw your beautiful smile, compassionate voice, and your arms rising to uphold God’s word to all you reach out to.
    🙁 yes, I know that that was grammatically incorrect….but it’s the way I talk.
    I hope to always recognize God’s presence at the altar and be thankful for the changes He has made within me.
    Please visit us at vespers anytime you can…you make us sound so good when we sing!

  2. Heidi Punt says:

    Thank you Pam.
    Thanks be God’s transforming grace!

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