The Upper Room Daily Devotional 12 September 2022: Simple Pleasures

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Read The Upper Room Daily Devotional 12 September 2022 Message by Juan Guerrero (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

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TOPIC: Simple Pleasures

TODAY’S READING
Ecclesiastes 9:7-10

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. – Ecclesiastes 9:7 (NIV)

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 12 September 2022 MESSAGE

I enjoy looking at the chirimoya (custard apple) trees in my garden from my patio and watching them grow each day. Their fruit is quite plentiful — far too many for one person to eat. The fresher they are, the more delicious and aromatic the fruit. When I pick the chirimoyas, I already have in mind the people I will be giving them to.

This morning, though, I saw a large, ripe chirimoya I had missed during my earlier picking. I thought, If someone doesn’t eat it soon, it will go to waste. On the horizon, the sun was just beginning to peek through. I looked at the sky as I took in the panorama and felt God was offering the fruit to me. I sat down in my garden, facing the morning sun and enjoyed its warmth on my face.

I started eating slowly, savoring the fruit. I thought about the many blessings in my life. Filled with God’s love and goodness, I quietly repeated today’s verse from Ecclesiastes: “Go, eat your food with gladness.” A simple pleasure. I have never enjoyed a chirimoya more.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Creator God, source of all life and goodness, you bring us the gifts of joy and peace. Greater still are the gifts of your love and presence. Thank you, Lord! Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God is good and generous.

PRAYER FOCUS
To be more Generous

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 12 September 2022 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