The Upper Room Devotional 12 September 2022 || Simple Pleasures

The Upper Room Devotional 12 September 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 12 September 2022 || Simple Pleasures

Welcome to The Upper Room Daily Devotional for Monday 12th September 2022, written by Jody Williams. God bless you as you study His Word!

THE UPPER ROOM 12 SEPTEMBER 2022 DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Simple Pleasures
Juan Guerrero (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

TODAY’S READING
Ecclesiastes 9:7-10

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God is good and generous.

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. – Ecclesiastes 9:7 (NIV)

I enjoy looking at the chirimoya (custard apple) trees in my garden from my patio and watching them grow each day. Their fruit is quite plentiful — far too many for one person to eat. The fresher they are, the more delicious and aromatic the fruit. When I pick the chirimoyas, I already have in mind the people I will be giving them to.

This morning, though, I saw a large, ripe chirimoya I had missed during my earlier picking. I thought, If someone doesn’t eat it soon, it will go to waste. On the horizon, the sun was just beginning to peek through. I looked at the sky as I took in the panorama and felt God was offering the fruit to me. I sat down in my garden, facing the morning sun and enjoyed its warmth on my face. I started eating slowly, savoring the fruit. I thought about the many blessings in my life. Filled with God’s love and goodness, I quietly repeated today’s verse from Ecclesiastes: “Go, eat your food with gladness.” A simple pleasure. I have never enjoyed a chirimoya more.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Creator God, source of all life and goodness, you bring us the gifts of joy and peace. Greater still are the gifts of your love and presence. Thank you, Lord! Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
To be more Generous

The Upper Room Devotional 12 September 2022 || Simple Pleasures

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