April 3, 2014

1corinthians12-20

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

I remember it like yesterday. “Take this afternoon to meditate on 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 and then share the devotion tonight.” What? I was by far the youngest at this women’s retreat. What insight could I possibly share?

So off I went into the woo—just me, my Bible, a piece of paper, and a pencil. Leaning against a tree, with my legs stretched out, a pregnant silence saturated the space. My teenage ears were not accustomed to this. It felt weird. Slowly I turned to the passage and began reading. At about verse 15, I glanced down at my feet. “If the foot would say… I do not belong… would that make it any less part of the body?” Obviously not! “If the whole body were an ear…?” I giggled. Now that would be weird.

However, it became clear to me then that we may all look and do things differently in either our congregations or even within the Christian body at large, but we have a purpose. Not sharing or celebrating what God bestowed on us, harms and burdens the body of Christ.

That evening I returned to the group and shared my very first devotion.

Prayer: Jesus, Thank you, Jesus, for making us all unique, and for helping us faithfully live in service to you. Amen.

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

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