Pastor’s Devotions #121

“Few Words Filled with Love”

“I have called you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

Yes, it’s true – and accurate – I have a reputation for long sermons and even longer devotions. This morning, I prayed that the Lord would allow me to write something significant with as few words as possible. I wondered where that prayer might take me. After three cups of coffee, nothing seemed to emerge from the ashes.

I moved on to some simple tasks that I needed to get done. One of those tasks was to send my daughter, Jeriah, her New York state tax forms that we worked on this weekend. I slide the papers inside the large gold envelope. Just sending the forms seemed pretty sterile, so I thought I would write a short note. I quickly scratched out a note on plain, lined paper. Then I realized it would be fun if she received a little gift too. Yesterday, I stopped at the store and picked up my favorite herbal tea – Paul Newman’s Peppermint Tea. I threw in three packets and included the note.

Then I realized, what could be more “significant” than a simple note from a Father sent to his daughter in love. Then I felt the added awareness and blessing – “It’s not the amount of words, nor the amount of money in a gift that counts, but rather the amount that is in the heart. My few words:

March 22, 2021

Hi Jeriah –

It’s Monday morning – I want to get your tax forms in the mail.
I’m sending my love and encouragement to you – and a few peppermint tea bags – Paul Newman’s Organic – the best – My love for you is like this warm peppermint tea steeped on a cold, chilly day, warming your heart – refreshing to your lips – and a bright smile when you realize just how delicious it tastes!

Have a great week! Love Always, Dad


Today, know that this is how your Heavenly Father feels about you – “ad infinitum” – “Without End!”

“And now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you – he who formed you – “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3

May you taste the Father’s Love Today!

Pastor Mark