Devotions for the week of August 5th


Once a man was asked, “What did you gain by regularly praying to God?” The man replied, “Nothing… but let me tell you what I lost: Anger, greed, insecurity, and fear.” Sometimes, the answer to our prayers is not gaining, but losing; which ultimately is the gain.


Carol Ross Irwin



Being rude is easy. It does not take any effort and is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Kindness shows great self-discipline and strong self-esteem. Being kind is not always easy when dealing with rude people. Kindness is a sign of a person who has done a lot of personal work and has come to a great self-understanding and wisdom. Choose to be kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time because kindness is a sign of STRENGTH.

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Carol Ross Irwin



“Respect is like a mirror. The more you show it to other people the more they will reflect it back.” That’s a quote I have seen many places and I don’t know who to attribute it to, but it is true. When someone feels disrespected, it is often because they have not shown respect to others. We all want to be respected automatically for who we are – then expect others to earn our respect. It doesn’t work well that way. Our starting point needs to be that they have our respect because they are a child of God and that is why we respect those around us – who may or may not chose to respect us. Whether it is our co-workers or supervisors, those we supervise, patients and families – let’s show them respect because of who we are – a child of God.

Carol Ross Irwin


Reverence is not a word we use in our day-to-day life, even as a minister I don’t use the word reverence commonly. But it is an important word. Respect is a more common word that is considered a synonym for reverence. But when we say reverence we are being reminded of the awe inspiring feeling we have for our Creator.  When we think of God we are reminded that we have respect and admiration for a God who is beyond our imagination.

Carol Ross Irwin







I was looking at some pictures that my daughter had taken at Yosemite recently and was struck by the sense of reverence the grandeur of the scenery brought out in me. The scope of the beauty is incredible. But when I think of the reverence I experience I am also reminded of the everyday reverence when we acknowledge that our bodies and those we care for have been wonderfully and fearfully made. When we see God’s hand at work in the small day to day beauties that we see.

Carol Ross Irwin



As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

If you want to be more reverent in your daily life – practice gratitude. Gratitude is the response to what we have received in our lives.  When we respond to the joys we experience both big and small our life is better. If you can respond to the gifts you receive you make the world around you better.

Carol Ross Irwin



“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

Have you experienced days that you just didn’t know how you would cope? Times that life seemed overwhelming? We all have or will. In those times there is inevitably someone who will show us enough hope and help to get through the day. Look around you to see whose light needs to be rekindled.

Carol Ross Irwin