During this time of social and emotional upheaval it is essential to find deep spiritual resources and substantial ethical foundations. It is my sincere prayer that these weekly devotions will address this need and encourage faith and fortitude for living in these times. They are designed to provide inner enlightenment and spiritual nurture by focusing upon the Word of God and the revelation of Jesus Christ.
I am convinced that daily prayer and reflection on the Light, Love and Liberation that comes from the personal encounter with God will provide needed renewal, restoration and refreshment to our inner person for the journey through the contemporary places and spaces we find ourselves. These devotions also serve as an invitation, to engaged contemplative intercessors, to the practice, privilege and power of prayer.
Come and join me each week for the journey and the adventure of learning more about the life of prayer for such a time as this.
– Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr.
WEEKLY DEVOTION – July 18, 2021
“Love Never Fails”
The definition of love in the New Testament passage of 1 Corinthians 13 is a supreme description and serves as a call to a lifelong quest of rediscovering the riches of love. The depth of love expressed in the letter to the church of Corinth to correct the misuses of the spiritual gifts and the priority of demonstrating love in human relationships in the life of the congregation.
Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fails. (vs. 4-7) These words describe the eternal value of love in contrast to the temporality of the spiritual gifts, with these words the Apostle Paul emphasizes what is lasting and more effective.
We may accomplish many things in the work we do for others in the family, the community and in the church for other people, but it is inefficient unless it is founded upon love. This is the same love God has demonstrated toward us in that while we were, yet sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Dear Lord, your love saves and nurtures me in so many ways. Teach me how to love you and how to love others. Amen
Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr.
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WEEKLY DEVOTION – July 4, 2021 “Meeting Christ is Meeting Freedom” In the accelerated atmosphere of Independence weekend, we embrace gladly the notion of freedom. We celebrate our freedom historically as a free society, the initial stages of freedom from pandemic restrictions and personal freedoms around our own self-expression. All important aspects of freedom […]
WEEKLY DEVOTION – June 28, 2021 “Wholeness through Prayer” But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. -Philippians 3:7 Prayer has to do with the whole being of a person. When a person prays, he does so with his whole nature. When he receives benefits in prayer, it […]
WEEKLY DEVOTION – June 21, 2021 “New Every Morning” One of the great benefits of the walk of faith and the Christian life is the constant care of our loving God. We do not have to wait on God’s arrival in our daily lives we need only lean on the everlasting arms. This is why […]
WEEKLY DEVOTION – June 14, 2021 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 KJV) In Psalm 118 the author begins with a sense of gratitude and acts of thanksgiving. On reflection of God’s goodness and God’s mercy there is the shout of praise […]
WEEKLY DEVOTION – June 07, 2021 “Walking By Faith” I recently joined my wife on a walk at a local park surrounded by a beautiful lake, and I was reminded of the value and blessings of walking together. The nature path was soothing and provided a time for reflection, fellowship and exercise. This effort […]
WEEKLY DEVOTION – May 31, 2021 “The Comfort of God” There are times when those who are close to us seem to bring the deepest pain. Times when we are hurt, criticized and doubted by the very people when think are close, are friends and our loved ones. This is part of life and simply […]
WEEKLY DEVOTION – May 24, 2021 “Thoughts That Matter” Philippians 4:4-8 In Paul’s letter to the church of Philippi his final exhortation is a word of instruction and inspiration. The believing community is told to keep a positive attitude while serving the Lord. This includes an attitude of gratitude for the wonderful blessings of […]
WEEKLY DEVOTION – May 17, 2021 “The Days of Joel” One of the most encouraging and dramatic promises of God in the Old Testament, is found in the prophecy of Joel. Here we find the description of the “Day of the Lord.” In this day, the Spirit of God will be poured out with power […]
WEEKLY DEVOTION – May 10, 2021 “The Hope of Forgiveness” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 One of the most helpful and encouraging portions of scripture is found in 1 John 1:9. It is a promise […]