Weekly Devotional – “A New Lamp”


I have been staring at this box, walking around this box, tripping over this box, and avoiding this box for a while now.  The box contains a new floor lamp.  I felt I needed this and ordered it. Today I took on the task of putting it together.  After all, how hard can it be?  I got the two parts together that contained the cord and put the shade together.  I then went to attach the pole to the base and the pole is smaller than the screw which appears to have some sort of cap around it in the base that holds it all together. This is not mentioned in the directions.  I tried and tried to no avail.  I kept saying to myself, “How hard can it be?” Finally, I called my Son who said he will come by tomorrow and fix it.  I hate when I cannot do something simple by myself.  I usually can fix small things and even have my own little set of tools which I have been in the habit of keeping hidden for many years.  Do not want anyone “borrowing” my tools and then claiming them as their own.   I like to think of myself as independent, able to take care of myself, a capable woman.  I don’t tackle electricity or plumbing or fixing the car, but I can change a lightbulb, hang a picture, and use pliers and a screwdriver.  I like being independent, however, sometimes it affects my relationship with God.  I need God in my life. I need him every day; I need him in every step I take.  It seems that when I become too independent, God throws me a curve and suddenly there I am faced with my own shortcomings, my own frailties, my own needs.  Without God in my life, a son who rescues me, and the love all around me, I am nothing.  Thanks be to God!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Lord we ask your mercy upon us. Heal our land, release us from this pandemic, help us Lord to see each person as our sister or brother.  May we give to those in need, not only sustenance but dignity and justice.  Be with those who grieve, those who are hungry, those who seek jobs, those who are ill, those who seek you.  May we be the hands and feet of Christ as we feed the hungry, aid those in need, and show Christ to all. Be with our Pastor and his family, give them good health, bless his ministry as we go through this difficult time in our country. Be with our staff, give them guidance and strength.  May we soon be able to gather together once again.  We ask it all in the name of Jesus. Amen

Grace Epperson