Daily Devotional

2 Timothy 1:3-4

"I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy."

Such were the painful words of the imprisoned apostle Paul, writing to his child in the faith, Timothy. Oh how they missed each other. I know the feeling! When I was a little boy my parents split up. Eventually, at the age of eleven I left my mother in Toronto Canada and went to live with my father in California. Oh, how we missed each other. In those days we could not afford regular phone calls. There was no Facetime or social media. We mainly had handwritten letters, monthly at best. You would think I lost touch with my mother. Yet, there was never a day I doubted her love and support. In the midst of her longing to see my face, she prayed me through the many seasons of life, undoubtedly day and night until she died.  

So here I am, separated from my church family, my flock—my children in the faith. I long to see your faces but during these times of “social distancing” be assured that I am in constant prayer for you all. This separation is one of the most painful times in my almost twenty-five years as your senior pastor. But, like the apostle Paul, I rejoice in the hope of our sweet reunion as a gathered church. Just thinking about it fills my heart with joy. In the meantime, let’s pray day and night for each other and stay in touch...as best we can. I love you, my precious CBC Family!
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