The Shopping Trip

November 30, 2016
by Rosemary Hagedorn

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

This verse came to mind as I glanced at the time displayed on my iPad as I was waiting for my aunt to finish her grocery shopping the other day. The time was 3:16 p.m.

I drive my aunt to shop for her groceries, the bank, and sometimes to the pharmacy, or another place that she needs to go to every week, a ritual that I have sacrificed my time to for almost ten years. Sometimes, I get frustrated that I have to give up my personal time to do this, especially if something else comes up that I would enjoy more but have to cancel because of this obligation.

As I was contemplating the Scripture verse and my own frustration, I wondered, What if — God, totally frustrated with the human race (His children), decided that it wasn't worthwhile to sacrifice His Son so that we may inherit eternal life, to be forgiven for all the bad things that we did and continue to do? But He did this, out of love for us.

Are there things in your life that you get frustrated over? Seeing as God is so patient with us, we should treat others as we have been treated, and be patient with them. "He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (Matthew 5:45b NIV)

Why is it that we so pridefully put our own priorities ahead of others? "Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31 NIV)

Prayer: Lord, God, as we enter the season of Advent, may we look within ourselves and pray for peace and forgiveness in all that we say and do. Thank You for sacrificing Your Son on the cross so that we may inherit eternal life. Thank You that we are able to help out wherever we are needed. Help us not to grumble but to give thanks in all circumstances. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Give thanks in all things.


    Great reminder Rosemary.


    Getting stars in your crown Rosemary!! You are a kind person!!


    Thanks Rosemary for this timely reminder to align our priorities with God’s. Blessings.


    Dear Rosy,
    Good theology, very well put.
    Keep writing.


    Hi Rosy,
    We are indeed blest if we can help others,
    Bless you in all you do for others.


    Thank you, Rosemary, for an interesting message. I admire your commitment to help your aunt for so long. You are a blessing in her life.
    God go with you.


    Dear friend in Christ,
    Greetings! Thank you so much for this reminder!
    As I read your devotion today I was reminded how important it is to be patient and more understanding of each other, even when you are invisible and unnoticed by others!
    May God continue to bless you as you share these Amazing devotions.


    Yes I use to be in your shoes, but now I am in your aunts shoes. I am 86 years old but I have vision problems so I am afraid of driving although I do drive the short distance to get the groceries When I get home I take in the ones that need to be kept cold and leave the rest for when someone comes around. My daughter helps but I feel like such a burden!!! I am so ready to graduate to the Heavens and join my husband. Thank you for your message.
    Have Merry Christmas.
    (Iowa)


    Thanks for your invitation to enjoy Jesus And his presence.

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