On Oct 19, 2019, I was lucky enough to not only attend the New York Branch Annual Meeting at the Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua, N.Y., but to give the meditation; or should I say, medication? You see, when we passed out the meeting agendas, we discovered that the word meditation was misspelled; it read, “medication.” I had to smile…  I never before thought of my devotional meditations as medications for our bodies, but isn’t God’s presence in our lives the best medicine we could ever receive and take for our well-being? And, how neat it was that my intended devotion was titled “God’s Presence Yields God’s Presents.”

The biblical text I built my devotion around was from Proverbs 16:3. Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Even though I have no childcare experience, I committed to helping my twin sister babysit her grandchildren, 2 year-old fraternal twins. Turns out I’m pretty good at tooting my imaginary horn and getting the most wonderful laughs out of them, getting them in marching mode (left, left, left, right, left) to march them up the stairs for bedtime stories, distributing the proper crayon colors for their masterpieces, supervising the painting of the pumpkins, and trying to bury them under hundreds of little balls as they tirelessly slide down their indoor ball park slide. Whew! I told this story to show that after I stopped worrying about how I would be helping Beth and put the long weekend into God’s hands, He did the rest! I helped in ways I never imagined and have God’s presents of wonderful lifetime memories. When we say yes and commit “our works” to God through our beloved I.O.K.D.S. and enjoy God’s presence in that setting, He’ll do the rest! Be ready to receive God’s remarkable presents in return.

Cathy Duncan
New York Branch Secretary/Spiritual Life Director
IOKDS International Secretary

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