At the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, a group of believers in Pennsylvania gathered to discuss COVID-19 and how to respond to the uncertain and ever-changing times. Among those involved was Scott Feather, lead pastor at Gateway Grace Community Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation on Parkesburg, Pa.
Of the twelve churches and non-profits present at these meetings, Scott was the only pastor from a Charis Fellowship church. In their discussions, the leaders were seeking how the Body of Christ as a whole and how the local church bodies of believers could stay encouraged. The product of these discussions was a 33-day devotional.
“The group discussed working through the time, leading to the discussion of needs within the church, which ultimately led to creating the devotional,” Scott said. “Regardless of the name on the building, God’s people can come together and focus on the promises of God during a time of COVID, civil unrest, racial tensions, and political divide.”
The devotional, titled Trust Me, is based on the promises of God found in Scripture. Each day starts with a verse, a thought-provoking reflection, an application section, and a prayer. Additional Scripture readings are provided from a variety of books like Philippians, Hebrews, 1 John, James, and more. Reflecting on the impact of the devotional, Scott said, “Reviewing the Promises of God cements them in my heart and mind, establishing a firm foundation to weather both the storms and good days of life.”
Although the idea was born out of a specific time of uncertainty, Scott acknowledged that our world is always full of uncertainty and there is an ever-present need for believers to focus on God’s promises. “We wanted this to be somewhat timeless,” Scott said, “so that the shelf-life would be longer than merely for COVID.”