“Spiritual Nutrition”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, January 13, 2022 comes to us from Neeta Nayna Macwan of Gujarat, India

1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you. 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 NIV

“Spiritual Nutrition”

When I was seven years old, my mother became bedridden with tuberculosis, making it impossible for her to take care of my two brothers and me. But still she invested in our spiritual growth. Although she had to rely on others to provide us with physical nutrition, she made sure we received spiritual nutrition. She would write down the Lord’ Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and Psalm 23 for us to learn. She would give us Bible verses to memorize every day, and I still remember her face beaming with joy when we spoke those verses aloud for her. She passed on her habit of reading The Upper Room devotional every day, and it was through her that we grew in faith.

My mother’s commitment to our spiritual growth became one of her most important legacies. After she died, we held onto our faith and grew into an even stronger relationship with God. This closeness to God has helped us through times of grief and other challenges of life.Even though our mother was with us for only a short period of time, I am grateful that she taught us how to praise and serve God. Just as my mother encouraged us in our faith, we can be mentors to others as they grow in faith.


Friends –

Daily devotions have not been my practice, but I have come to appreciate this practice as I prepare them for this blog. I do often consider those people who have encouraged me in faith, and I am grateful for their “spiritual nutrition” in my life. I invite you to call to mind those people who have nurtured your faith and give thanks to God for their presence in your life.

--Pastor bea


Loving Father, thank you for the gift of those who love and care for us physically and spiritually. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

--Neeta Nayna Macwan

Prayer Focus:

Someone who has nurtured my faith.

Thought for the Day:

How will I offer spiritual nourishment to someone today?