Needing that Saturday devotional experience

Although my Saturdays have their own rhythm and routine from which I rarely deviate, I still look forward to them just the same as a special day of the week.

Part of that’s because I’m off on Saturday as a rule and that means I can have some leisurely morning time before I head down to the barn to “feed the kids” and later compare notes with Better Half about our his-and-her independent and collective weekend expectations.

It’s also a day where I can sleep in a bit, but I quickly discover if I don’t get up reasonably early, I’m pretty disappointed in myself.

If I wake up to see the clock announcing a particular time I consider to be late, I think, “Oh, no!!”

I react this way because I feel as if I’m missing out on something if I linger too long under the covers on a Saturday.

That something includes some quality me-and-God time, which I desperately need, desperately want and desperately try to improve at.

It’s quiet time to sit there in the no-TV living room in one of my thrift shop tub chair finds I still pride myself on nabbing, since I got not one, but two matching beauties years back.

I like to sit there in that chair in that room with the first of many a.m. cups of coffee — my lap ultimately an ideal cushion apparently for “Herald the Cat,” who’s happy to have some company no matter what day or time it is.

I keep a small stack of devotional material on a stand in between those two orange tub chairs along with a Bible so I can refer to the scriptures mentioned in the readings.

One of the best verses, though, is ever so visible on the wall as part of this big picture of three horses running in the same direction but not neck and neck in their journey.

The horses are different types, different sizes, different colors but alike in their direction and travel intensity.

The verse? Hebrews 12:1 — “Let us run with perseverance the race set before us.”

I can sit and look at that and generate a lot of internal talk with God about what’s going on and what’s not in this life of mine that I believe he intends for me to live a certain way and accomplish a thing or two on his behalf.

The devotional books often serve to supplement that, including the Upper Room we get from church; Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling,” given to me by an ever-encouraging friend; and “Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm,” written by Cara Whitney, the wife of comedian and actor Dan Whitney, aka Larry the Cable Guy. Dan wrote the foreward for the book, and it’s a good one.

My devotions this Saturday, I’m sure, will be filled with gratitude on many fronts, none the least of which is the fact that there actually will be Easter Sunday in-person services for my family to attend and that includes the sunrise service that is our tradition.

That disruption in 2020 of Easter services and other Sunday services brought on by the pandemic is something I’m glad we can start putting behind us.

Technology is great but that gather-around-the-laptop to watch a service makes me miss the in-person worship experience all the more.

So I’m thankful to reconnect, thankful for the gift of salvation Jesus’ death on the cross affords us and happy for the chance to “run with perseverance the race set before us.”

(Kiaski, a resident of Richmond, is a staff columnist and community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)


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