Today’s Scripture Selection: Colossians 4:2

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

I love it when scripture gets right to the point.

Oh, there are many passages that are long and profound and worth savoring bit by bit – like a good meal.

But there are other portions that are short and sweet, and no less profound.  Like this one from the end of the letter to the Colossians.

We can be, and are often, devoted to so many different things.

But here, we are counseled to be devoted to prayer.  And it reminds us that, when we are, we will both watchful and thankful.

We will be watchful…

Because our hearts, minds, and bodies will be attuned to the things of God – and the things which are not of God.

We will be thankful…

Because we will be so readily aware of God’s blessings.

Coupled together, our daily lives will be rich and full and we will be capable of doing great things in God’s kingdom, to God’s glory.

So be devoted to prayer – every single day.

And watch the miraculous unfold all around you.

Prayer: Lord, help me to remain both watchful and thankful, with a heart and mind of prayerful anticipation.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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