The Upper Room 16 November 2022 Devotional: Necessary Gifts

The Upper Room 16 November 2022 Devotional
The Upper Room 16 November 2022 Devotional for Wednesday Message || Necessary Gifts

Read The Upper Room 16 November 2022 Devotional Message by Sharon Christen (Texas, USA)

TOPIC: Necessary Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. – 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NRSV)

The Upper Room 16 November 2022 Devotional MESSAGE

I was sitting in the dining room with some other residents at our senior retirement center. We were talking about previous holidays with family and friends and what our particular job had been in preparing the holiday meal. For some, it was making the pies. For others, it was preparing the stuffing with either corn bread or white bread. My job was making fresh cranberry sauce.

As I reflected on this conversation, I realized that the worship and work of the church is much like preparing a holiday meal. We all have gifts to share. And we all receive gifts from others. During a worship service, the preacher preaches, the choir sings, the reader shares scripture, and the acolyte lights the candles. During the week, members pray for those who have submitted requests, Sunday school teachers prepare lessons and pray for their students, the custodians make sure the church is ready for meetings, and someone always makes sure the coffee is hot and the donuts are out!

Whether it’s our family or faith community, each person offers a gift that is necessary to the whole body. With joy, we get to share our gifts and receive the gifts of others.

Dear Lord, give us this day our daily bread, and inspire us to share it. Amen.

God calls me to share my gifts joyfully.

Gratitude for the gifts others share with me

The Upper Room 16 November 2022 Devotional Message. The Upper Room is a daily devotional magazine published in more than 30 languages and 100 countries around the world. The daily meditations are written by readers of the magazine and others interested in sharing their faith experiences through writing—both laity and clergy, published authors and new writers. Read More