Morning Devotion for May 11th, 2017

Morning Devotion at Ocracoke United Methodist Church (May 11th, 2017)

Drawing Close

The more aware we are of God,

The more we feel God’s presence.

God is closer to us than we know.

The distance narrows with each step we take.

Look around and see.

I welcome the opportunity to be in this space.



I know I do not fully understand this gift I’ve received.

When you speak to me, do I understand what you tell me?

In my moments of doubt and fear, do I realize I’m being comforted and reassured?

I want to see you in my world; in the lives of others, in the beauty that surrounds me.

Place me in the path of the grace, grace to free me from preoccupations.



No matter the hour of day or night, I can be in your presence.

Time is no barrier to your care.

In this place or in a distant land, all I need do is to speak your name.

I may be angry, frustrated, sad, or lonely.  You love the real me in this real place.


Conversation with God:

A relationship with God requires talking and listening.  Thank you for listening to me.  It is hard for me to sit still and listen even for 10 minutes.  Yet, as I am here, I know I can be completely honest with you about the totality of my life.   You absorb my anger and wipe away my tears.  You laugh at my jokes and smile at the love I have found.

I can go no further on my own.  Help me to cede myself to your care.  May I live in reckless, grace filled abandon.  May I recognize your presence and love in everything I see and do.


Blessing and Benediction

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning

Is now and ever shall be,

World without end.