The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, July 2, 2022 comes to us from Kitty Espiritu-Ricafort of Manilla, Philippines
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:19-24 NIV
“Music in the Mundane”
I was washing breakfast dishes when I heard enthusiastic chirping right outside my window. Having lived in the heart of the Philippines’ busiest city for over 30 years, I was surprised to hear birds nearby. Where did they come from? I wondered as I strained to catch a glimpse. Then it dawned on me: the usual cacophony of traffic and subsequent pollution had recently lessened due to nationwide restrictions. The result was a cleaner, more peaceful environment. So the birds were back! And their chatter was so delightful that I stayed in that spot longer than necessary just to listen.
Clear skies and peaceful streets invited the birds on our rooftop, and with them came a new song that brought joy and delight to this weary city dweller. As I made this connection and listened to the birds, I realized how often fatigue, confusion, and doubt can pollute our minds and block out the joy. But scripture can break through and renew our mind and spirit. When we seek God, our Creator will refresh us and show us that every ordinary day is something special.
Kitty Espiritu-Ricafort’s reflection is a reminder to all of us that we can surely experience God in simple, everyday circumstances, especially when we pay attention to God’s Good and Holy creation around us. When we allow God’s voice to call to us through the birds, flowers, sunshine, and rain we can find blessings and renewal for our spirits. I invite you to take special opportunities to listen and experience God’s blessings through the natural world around you, being refreshed and blessed as one of God’s Holy Creation.
Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us that this is the day you have made. Help us to rejoice and be glad in it. Amen.
People who live in Large Cities
Thought for the Day:
God can use the ordinary to reveal the extraordinary.