Advent Day Eight Devotion - "Loss and Gain" By David Cook

It had happened before, but that didn’t make it any easier. Six inches of muddy water from a torrential rainfall in early October swamped eight boxes of family memorabilia in our basement. I “forgot” to even think about the damage for a week. Then I began the task of separating sodden pictures, newspaper clippings and letters – pile by pile, box by box. I was overwhelmed.

Five hours into this work I came across a slip of paper. My mother had written this scripture:

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.                                                                                      

Philippians 3:13-14

The blessing was reassuring. It grounded me as I continued the work, which included incorporating a narrative Mother had written years ago, which I had found after the flood, as I labored to finish her biography.

The Holy Spirit is alive and well.

Thanks be to God, for this latest Gift. Amen.