Opening Devotion

Written  by Cathy Duncan, IOKDS Vice-President/Spiritual Life Director

June 5, 2024

The text I want to share with you this morning is from Ephesians 3: 20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever.”

As I was looking through all the IOKDS materials my mother had boxed up and saved, I found this pamphlet of New York Branch Devotions for 1994. The New York Branch spiritual life director at the time was Rosanna C. McIlwee. The devotions for 1994 were based on New Testament Doxologies. This was the June write up…based on the scripture reading:

“June is the month of graduations and weddings. We see young people passing from childhood to adulthood as they complete their education. With a mixture of joy and tears, we see them become the next generation when they marry and establish their own homes. With them they take our love and the fruit of our training. Most of all, they take the God who is Lord of succeeding generations.  Something passed down from our forebears has significance to us far beyond monetary worth. A trinket grandfather carved when he was a boy, an embroidered doily great grandmother made—these are treasurers. (I want to include in here a couple of things my mother passed on to me that has significance far beyond monetary worth. My Mom passed on to me IOKDS…I joined basically to help her in her duties as President of Omicron Circle. I’m so glad I did. Mom also gave me the gift of planting lilies of the valley at my home on the lake. I bought my house in 1989 when I was stationed at Griffiss AFB, Rome, N.Y. When I had to leave for another assignment in 1994 and until my retirement in 2002, Mom and Dad took care of my home and family got to enjoy their time at the lake. I’m glad Mom planted lilies of the valley…I learned that they are gifted to loved ones…and that they symbolize—purity, joy, love, sincerity, happiness, and luck. I also think she planted those because she knew I do not have a green thumb and they are easy to take care of!”)

The devotion goes on to say that besides these gifted treasures passed down, “Of supreme value is the faith we have received and will pass on. The continuity of our relationship to God through the ages is a source of joy. So the doxology ascribes glory to Him from age to age, eternally, “to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout All generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Let us pray:

Almighty God,
Be with us today as we listen and learn from the presentations and reports being made by our leaders and members. Of supreme importance is our ability to pass Christ to the next generation.


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