The Upper Room Daily Devotional 1st September 2022 | Keep Up the Good Work

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Read The Upper Room Daily Devotional 1st September 2022 Message by Kara Lloyd (Illinois, USA)

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TOPIC: Keep Up the Good Work

TODAY’S READING
Romans 8:35-39

In all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. – Romans 8:37 (CEB)

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 1st September 2022 MESSAGE

One evening as I tucked my eight-year-old son, Brent, into bed, I sat by him as he began his prayers. Then I kissed his forehead, stood up, and began to walk from his room. When I turned off his light, I heard Brent say, “Night-night, Jesus. Keep up the good work.” I scoffed and thought, Ha! What good work?

The past few days had been hard. A kindergartner from our school district had died. My aunt was suffering from cancer that had come back. My students were wearing face masks while sitting six feet apart, and I was losing faith in my country and its leaders more and more each day. Keep up the good work indeed!

But Brent’s prayer and my reaction stopped me short. I loved that Brent was encouraging Jesus. I didn’t love my negative attitude toward a loving Jesus who has never forsaken me. Taking a moment, I considered all that I have and gave thanks.

We are to give thanks in all things — the joy and the sorrow. That night I thought of the hurt, the people around me who are grieving and scared, but I let myself rejoice in the good too. I rejoiced in all the many victories that Jesus has seen me through, and I followed Brent’s example. “Yes, Jesus. Keep up the good work.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, continue to be with us, and shower us with hope and joy even when our hearts are heavy. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
In all things I will give thanks to the Lord Jesus.

PRAYER FOCUS
Children whose faith encourages me

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 1st 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