Today's devotion for today is based on 1 Corinthians 1:4, "I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus."
After greeting the Corinthians, Paul goes on to give thanks for them. His message provides a clear affirmation of God's grace and all he has done for them through Jesus. It seems Paul is thankful for every one of them. He provides quite a list of reasons.
How often do we give thanks to the members of our worshipping community? Many people play vital roles in any church community. When I was a full-time pastor, I found that it took 24 people in my congregation to hold a worship service on Sunday morning. That did not count others whose contribution is less visible. The faithful ones who quietly visit or drop off cakes and casseroles where needed. Those who phone to check up on the sick ones or frail ones, the quiet encouragers. Whew! That's quite a list! Thank you for all you have done through the grace of God.
Please pray with me: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen; thank you for the community in which we worship where we hear of your grace. Thank you for those who faithfully serve us within the community. Thank you for the opportunities we have to serve others. Amen.