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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, December 14, 2014
We must have the attitudes of acceptance, faith, and trust like a child has. I want to share a portion of Zaina Renner’s (Western Province, Sierra Leone) story in The Upper Room about God’s love.
Here is a portion of Zaina’s story:
“As jubilation for the Christmas season increases, I am reminiscing about my early years at school. . . And now I feel mesmerized all over again as I recall my desire to have Jesus’ hands placed on my head in blessing and his arms around my shoulders in loving embrace.
“Even now Jesus is mine. The more I acknowledge his companionship with me, the more fellowship I have with him every day. He is my friend.
“Therefore, despite the turmoil and turbulence in the world, I remember that Christmas, celebrating the birth of Christ, is meant to be the sweetest, brightest, and most joyous season because God showered love on earth. . .”
Prayer: Thank you, God, for your great love in giving your son Jesus to be born among us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FOR THE WORLD TO KNOW GOD’S BOUNDLESS LOVE
To read the entire story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
It was customary for a mother to bring her children to a rabbi for a blessing, and that is why these mothers gathered around Jesus. The disciples, however, thought the children were unworthy of the Master’s time—less important than whatever else he was doing. But Jesus welcomed them, because little children have the kind of faith and trust needed to enter God’s Kingdom. It is important that we introduce our children to Jesus and that we ourselves approach him with childlike attitudes of acceptance, faith, and trust. (NLT)
Luke 18:15-17 – One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.”
God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world that we might live through him. – 1 John 4:9 (NRSV)
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