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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, January 24, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Repeated throughout this psalm is the phrase “His faithful love endures forever.” This psalm may have been a responsive reading, with the congregation saying these words in unison after each sentence. The repetition made this important lesson sink in. God’s love includes aspects of love, kindness, mercy, and faithfulness. We never have to worry that God will run out of love because it flows from a well that will never run dry. (NLT)
Psalm 136:1-3 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever.
O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. – Psalm 136:26
Xavia Arndt Sheffield’s (Maryland) story is titled “OFFERING BUCKETS;” here is a portion of Xavia’s story:
“The children’s message that Sunday was about the psalmist’s confidence that ‘God’s steadfast love endures forever.’ The person giving the message took bright yellow plastic beach buckets and pantomimed pouring out God’s love onto the children. . .
“. . . No matter how big our offering plates or buckets are, we can never repay God for pouring out enduring love for us. But when we give back to God with thankful hearts, we are responding to that love in ways that further God’s reign on earth. Remembering how blessed and loved we are, we, in turn, can show God’s love by giving ‘buckets’ full of love to God’s people every day.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How much love can I give to others today?
Prayer: Lord of love, help us to become more loving toward others in the world you have created for us all. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO DO NOT FEEL LOVED
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