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THE WOODCUTTER'S CHILDREN

Devotional for Saturday May 14, 2022


There is a story of a woodcutter that had two sons. One was healthy and robust but blind, the other had the joy of being able to see but was weak and sickly. One day, misfortune befalls the family, and the woodcutter dies. The mother worried looking at her children and lamented, what will we do now? We will starve. To the bewildered woman's surprise, the blind son decided: “Mother, although I cannot see, I am strong and healthy, if my brother serves me as my eyes, I will be able to carry the load. Joining my strength with his vision we will survive. There was much wisdom in that boy, in the absence of sight, he possessed great judgment. Take this as an example, both in the physical and spiritual order. If we unite talent with strength, we will never fail. Let us never think that we will achieve success alone, much less that we will be a failure because we lack some ability. We cannot all be eyes, feet, or hands as the Word of God says. Let us always try to find the complement that we lack, and with humility, let us unite. Let's make a team, let's work together to be victorious. All the united members of a body... what a marvelous function they perform! “God has done everything well!”

Written by Minerva G. Acanda,

Translated by Maria Elena Cardona

 

Morning Ephesians 4:3,4

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;


Noon Psalm 30

1 I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.

7 LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

8 I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.

9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.



Evening Ephesians 4:5-7

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

 

Evening Prayer Guide: [Costa Rica-Tucurrique] and [España-La Línea De La Concepción]


This month's challenge is: Identify each character virtue of Christ and incorporate it into your own character. Spend more time with the people you love. Evaluate daily if your behavior resembles that of Jesus. Constantly ask yourself before making a decision or doing anything, what would Christ have done in my place? Study more deeply the life of Christ and ask God to help you be a better Christian.


Annual Bible reading: Job 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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