This month our Today readings help us to focus on the spiritual gift of hospitality that each of us must practice as we walk the Christian life. Our theme this month is “The Discipline of Hospitality.”
Is there a particular time of day for you that will help solidify your personal devotions as a daily habit in your life and create a routine that centers your day around God? Here are some ideas to consider about when you might do your daily devotions.
The idea of doing daily devotions brings up different feelings for everyone. For some, it elicits feelings of guilt. “I feel like I should do them, but I don’t.” For others, it causes confusion. “I want to do them, but I don’t know how.” No matter where you stand, remember that daily devotions are meant to be a source of encouragement and joy, not a duty or a burden! Devotions are just one way we surrender ourselves to God and show our need for him every day.
This month, our Today readings focus on the New Testament book of Philippians. The apostle Paul, from his prison cell in Rome, writes a heartwarming and encouraging letter to the church in the city of Philippi. Not only did he encourage the Christians there, but this letter has continued to encourage and warm the hearts of Christians throughout the centuries. Our theme this month is “Philippians: The Mind of Christ.”
This month our Today readings focus on the growing early church, after Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven. We’ll see how the fledgling community developed in Jerusalem, especially how it began to grow after the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost. And we’ll see how God continues to be at work in the world to build his kingdom. Our theme this month is “What is the Church?”