Thinking of You
LEA Weekly Devotion
Mindful Matters series 2021
Week of July 18, 2021
Thinking of You
Having come off of recent surgery, I received several “thinking of you” cards, including one from Com Ed who thinks of me as income and another company who thinks of me (often—they even call!) as a potential extended car warranty customer. All but the last two promised prayers and wished me a speedy recovery. They reminded me of this:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the Father who is full of mercy. And he is the God of all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble, so that we can comfort others when they have trouble. We can comfort them with the same comfort that God gives us (2 Cor. 1:3–4).
Reusable comfort! What a concept! I will indeed “pay it forward” as they say. It’s wonderful to know that people are thinking and caring and praying for you. It’s even better when you’re thinking of others rather than yourself.
Of course, there is a downside. The devil is thinking of you too. He fills his card with handwritten notes—notes detailing all the reasons why your life isn’t perfect. All the reasons why other more well-meaning people are thinking of you. Reasons why you should suffer—and die—and for all things you’ve ever done wrong and why you don’t deserve any better.
God already knows those things. So do you. But you also know the Great Physician—the great Fixer of All Things Contaminated by Sin. He has provided many cards. Perhaps you have several on your wall or desk to remind you just how much He cared and continues to care about you. And now, because God is already thinking of you, you need not spend so much time thinking of yourself. Give it over to God.
Sometimes the transfer isn’t easy. Especially if you’re filled with pain, anxiety, or guilt. Prayer will help. So might this tune.
Mindful matters: You will you be thinking about this week?
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
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