The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, June 19, 2022 comes to us from Chris Grove of Oklahoma.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
John 3:16-18 NIV
My entire adult life has been dedicated to my wife, our four children, and now our grandchildren. I took my family camping, coached Little League, and drove a station wagon. I showed my love for my children in the best way I knew how – by spending time with them. My kinds now live all over the country and have careers and their own families, and I miss them greatly.
One day I ended up in the ER, and I needed triple bypass open-heart surgery two days later. I went under anesthesia knowing that my wife and friends were praying in the waiting room. Neither my wife nor I knew that all four of our children had dropped everything to travel hundreds of miles to be there. When I woke up in the recovery room, I was surrounded by more love than I ever hoped to receive. My children demonstrated their love for me just by being present. I felt overwhelmingly appreciated, and that bleak October day turned into the best day of my life! When I consider how loved I felt that day, I think of how God must feel when we set aside time for prayer and praise. Showing sincere gratitude is one way we can show our love for God.
On this Father’s Day, Chris Grove reminds us all that being present and sharing time with those our families, friends, and those in our community is the best way to share God’s love with those around us. Our dedication and commitment to those relationships provides an open door to God’s bright shining love. I invite you to consider how your dedication to particular relationships has provided a path to understanding God’s love for each other.
Ever-present Father, thank you for always being here with us. Call us daily to spend time with you. Amen.
Fathers and their children
Thought for the Day:
I show my appreciation to God when I take time to be in God’s presence.