The Upper Room Daily Devotional 14 July 2022 for Thursday Message || A Rediscovered Gift
Read The Upper Room Daily Devotional 14 July 2022 Message by Robert K. Abel (Maryland, USA)
TOPIC: A Rediscovered Gift
1 Peter 4:8-11
KEY VERSE: Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. – James 1:17 (NRSV)
The Upper Room Daily Devotional 14 July 2022 MESSAGE
After being confined to my home for a week recovering from ankle surgery, church friends asked if I would like to go out for lunch. Although my mobility was limited to a scooter, I immediately accepted. When I rolled out the front door, the winter air blew across my face. It was as if I had never experienced fresh air! It was renewing. On that day, thoughtful friends helped me rediscover a gift I had forgotten.
Each day is a gift from God; but how often do we pause to think about each day as the refreshing new gift it is? We tend to take simple, recurring experiences for granted; that is, until we no longer have them.
Sometimes difficulty, like a bad ankle, helps us think about God’s simple blessings. My ankle surgery was a brief setback; but through the kindness of friends, it awakened me to gifts I previously failed to notice or fully appreciate. Each day is a breath of fresh air from God — a time to celebrate all of God’s perfect gifts.
Thank you, God, for each new day with all that it offers, and forgive us for failing to notice or fully appreciate it. In the name of Jesus, who gave the greatest gift. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
What simple joy from God will I give thanks for today?
Those recovering from surgery
The Upper Room Daily Devotional 14 July 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