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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, June 17, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
In this story, the father watched and waited. He was dealing with a human being with a will of his own, but he was ready to greet his son if he returned. In the same way, God’s love is constant and patient and welcoming. He will search for us and give us opportunities to respond, but he will not force us to come to him. Like the father in this story, God waits patiently for us to come to our senses. (NLT)
Luke 15:11-20 – To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.”’
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
He ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. –Luke 15:20 (NIV)
Pascual P. Torres’ (Cortés, Honduras) story is titled “FULL OF LIFE AGAIN;” here is a portion of Pascual’s story:
“In our HIV/AIDS clinic, we maintain a rose garden to honor the patients we serve. . . .
“One day I found, to my dismay, that someone had carelessly walked through the garden and trampled two rose bushes. . . . I saw one terribly damaged white rose with some buds lying in the mud. I picked it up, filled a glass jar with water, and placed the lifeless rose in it. . . . A few hours later, the rose and its leaves were fully extended, the buds had opened up, and its full beauty was on display.
“The lesson in this for me is that no matter in what condition God finds us, we can rest assured that God will embrace us and attend to us lovingly. Through our small acts of compassion, we can find a new sense of purpose so that we can flourish and let the beauty of God’s love show through us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No life is too broken for God to make it new.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for creating us anew. Help us to shine your love into a world so desperately in need of it. Amen.
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