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The Lillies of the Field

This week we are all preparing for the Annual Fashion Show and Tea. As part of our meeting, we are using this devotional. It is timely and so appropriate as we prepare our fashions from recycled materials!

Consider the Lilies of the Field, Matthew 6:25-33

By Lois Parker Edstrom
OBJECTS SUGGESTED: A clothing catalog or advertising pages from the newspaper that feature clothing.

Many of you live where you are able to visit a shopping mall or a large department store.  If you’ve had that experience you probably noticed racks and racks of clothing – all kinds of pants, shirts, blouses, skirts, and sweaters.

Those of you who live in the country may look through catalogs and find pages and pages of clothing.

It is fun to look at all the choices – the beautiful colors and different styles; to think about how those clothes would look on you. You may have a favorite color. You may like a little sparkle and glitter on your tee shirt. You may wish to have just the right brand of sneakers or a hat that has the name of your favorite sports team on the front of it.

Jesus teaches us about many things and it might surprise you to find that he even spoke about clothing. This is what he said: “Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin, yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these.”

Jesus asks us to think about wild flowers we see growing in the fields. They are beautiful just the way they are, in the colors and arrangements God gave them. Jesus says that even Solomon, who was a very rich king, was not dressed as well as the lovely wild flowers found in the fields.

You are beautiful just the way you are––the way God made you. It is fun to get a new dress or a new shirt. It is fun to dress up for special occasions in fine clothes. This is all good, but Jesus reminds us not to let clothes become too important to us––not to worry about what we wear and how we look.

This time of the year we give thanks for our many blessings: our friends and family, our food, our homes, the beauty of nature, and yes, our clothing. We remember that all of our blessings come from God and give thanks.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan

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Fight for your love

In a scene of Light in the Piazza, Clara admonishes lovers to fight for the one they love. Even though another woman is tempting her new husband away from her, Clara fights to keep the  man she loves. She says everyone should fight to keep their true love.

I saw this show almost 10 years ago, once. That scene comes back to me now and then. Do we fight for the ones we love, or do we prefer to be a victim and let them slip away while we cry with self-righteous anger and indignation? We act as if we can’t help that they are gone. Did we really try? Did we try again, and again, and again?

I encourage you to keep seeking after the youth of our church and not to give in when other activities and interests seek their time and energy. Doesn’t the Good Shepherd seek after the lamb that has wandered away? Maybe the lamb saw an interesting flower or blade of grass somewhere else. Does He just give in? No! The Good Shepherd is tireless in seeking the lamb that wandered away.

Energize your efforts to hold on to the young people in your church and don’t give in to the discouragement. Are you not stronger than that? I believe that we must continue to seek bring the love of God to young people. One of the ways we can do that is by continually seeking them and inviting them to join GFS.

-Margaret Nolde