Holy Week Devotion | Alexia Young
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
During this time of uncertainty I have been meditating on three scriptures:
1 Thessalonians 5:14
As an educator who has taught and led students in poverty areas, you cannot help but think about your students’ well beings. You are constantly thinking about your second grade student, whose backpack you stuff with extra lunch and fruit for the weekend. Or you find yourself thinking about your most misunderstood 7th grader, who you remind every morning to make great decisions because you believe in him.
Then this happens… our time with our students is cut short. Therefore, you have to hold on to your faith and hope that your second grade student is being fed every day. Additionally, your seventh grade student is not placed in a position that will cause him to make the wrong decision to provide and protect his family.
Then we have our own personal lives. We feel the need to be protective over the Baby Boomers in our families and those who are in the medical field. There are so many things we cannot control that remind us that we are just a small piece of His story.
Psalm 91 is a scripture that gave me hope. It reminds us that during troubled times, we are protected. In times of suffering, we don’t have to fear despite what we see around us.
Philippians 4:8, a scripture that I have been struggling with in 2020, reminds us that God has us. However, we must train ourselves to think positively and think of things that are pleasing to God. As we focus on Him and things that are excellent and praiseworthy, we will experience liberation.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 directs us as believers to encourage the disheartened, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.
I pray during this time, as we honor and show our reverence for the resurrection, that we remember and hold true to the fact that God is still in control and His love will comfort and protect us all.
Alexia Young, Class of 2015